Komondor Power sculpture by Gábor Miklós Szőke
Gábor Miklós Szőke, known for his monumental sculpture of animals, made out of planks installed its sculpture in Gorky Park. As the theme the sculpturer chose the ancient Komondor breed typical for Hungarian culture with a specific appearance and behavior. While creating the sculpture the artist was inspired with the power, endurance, and confidence that characterize komondor. The dog's body, embed during the run is surrounded with the wind and floating feltlike strands of fur. To get this effect, the artist used roughly placed planks. The sculpture is made out of the most solid wood species. Dynamism and closeness to the nature are delivered with the help of combination of thousands of planks different sizes, colored and attached to a common steel carcass.
"The Director of Balassi Institute Andrash Barani addressed to me and proposed to create the sculpture inspired by Hungarian culture suggesting to make it on a territory of a significant cultural spot of Moscow. During my summer expedition trip the last three weeks I have been working with his team on six sculptures in 4 countries were under the strong time pressure. Despite this fact I considered this suggestion as a great privilege and accepted it. Having created the Galloping Horse sculpture in Slovakia, the Steel Lion and Bustard in Romania I started working on the Komondor. For this work I only had two weeks. During this period I made plenty of sketches examining the dog's movements. The character of Komondor inspired me with such a strong traits of character as unrestraint, rigor, self-confidence and reliability. Just like my other sculpture "The slipping sheep dog puli" the Komondor is also slipping, winging its way through the air" - tells Gábor Miklós Szőke.
Before the "Power of Komondor" Gábor Miklós Szőke installed the sculpture of a deer made of steel in a prestigious historical area of Nizhniy Novgorod, on the bank of Volga river, having created the unicorn sculpture for a nature park and reserved area Viksa.
The piece of art was created within the festival "Hungary +" with the support of The Hungarian Ministry for External Economic Affairs and also the Balassi Institute - Hungarian Culture Center in Moscow.