Public Art (10)
Each new era, regime or leadership likes to mark its own squares overwriting the former ones. This is how the renaming of the streets are explicable, as well as the habit of impregnation of different statues. However, these statues make the given community places more emphatic and cheerful. Most of the public art is recent, from after the regime change. We can find statues of renowned personalities of the historical Ciuc, embossing and other works that also mark outstanding historical events, millennium themed creations, most of them composed by local artists.

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The Statue of Petőfi Sándor on the Cetății Square

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The Statue of Nicolae Bălcescu on the Cetății Square

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The Monument of the Soviet soldiers killed during the 2nd world war

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“Petőfi Sándor” Bust in front of the school

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Gloria Victis Statue

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Millennium Memorial

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The Memorial of the Romanian Heroes

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Ice Hockey Players

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The Statue of Petőfi Sándor on the Cetății Square

Artist: András Szobotka (Timisoara, 1916)
Date: 29th December, 1973
Description: Sándor Petőfi (1823-1849), the Hungarian poet and revolutionary in the Independence War does not need any introduction. However, less know that the famous poet, a week before his death, stayed in Miercurea Ciuc on the Petőfi Street, on the 24th July in 1849. He reminisced about his stay and pleasures in his letters, too, that he wrote to his wife.
The Cetății Square gives home to one of the most important locations of The Festivities of 15th March, every year. After the festive speeches wreaths are brought to the poet’s statue.
The statue is not on its original spot. It has been moved a little during the rearrangement works of the Cetății Square to emphasize the Mikó Castle.

The Statue of Nicolae Bălcescu on the Cetății Square

Artist: Doru Popovici
Date: 29th December, 1973
Description: Nicolae Bălcescu (1819-1852) was a Romanian historian, a remarkable figure of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848-1849.
The Cetății Square gives home to one of the most important locations of The Celebration Events of 15th March, every year. After the festive speeches wreaths are brought to Nicolae Bălcescu’s statue.
The statue is not on its original spot. It has been moved during the rearrangement works of the Cetății Square to emphasize the Mikó Castle.

The Monument of the Soviet soldiers killed during the 2nd world war

Design: István Erőss
Inauguration: 7th November, 1948
Description: The monument mentioned by the locals only as „The Obelisk” is covering a story that is remembered even today. At the end of the war, in the summer of ’45 the bodies of the Russian, Hungarian and German soldiers were collected and buried under the square in front of the Town Hall at that time (today: the Libertății Square). In 1946, they got dug out by the students of the Gymnasium of Ciuc. Then they had been reburied to the present location of the soviet heroes. The monument, known as the Obelisk was built in 1948 and gives home to the soviet heroes. However, according to some who remember say there were buried not only Russians, but also German soldiers and Hungarian patriots as well in the grave.
There used to be a red star on the top of the obelisk, but it was removed on the command of Istvan Csaba Csedo, major of Miercurea Ciuc in the 90’s.

“Petőfi Sándor” Bust in front of the school

Artists: Ödön Nagy (1957- ) was born in Marosercse. He finished high school in Târgu Mureș Art School. He graduated from the University of Art Ion Andreescu in Cluj Napoca and got glass-ceramics degree in 1984. He has been an art teacher at the István Nagy Music and Art School in Miearcurea Ciuc, since 1991.
Ferenc Ercsei (1956-2011) was born in Reghin. He finished high school in Târgu Mureș Art School. Then he studied sculpture in the University of Art in Cluj Napoca. After the university he had stayed in Bucharest for a few months, and then he settled down in Miercurea Ciuc, in 1984. He had been teaching at the István Nagy Music and Art School, since 1990. He died in 2011, in Miercurea Ciuc.
Date: 2000
Description: The bronze version of the bust in front of the “Petőfi Sándor” High School was inaugurated on the 14th March, 2000. This was preceded by the inauguration of the plaster version on the 5th anniversary of the school’s naming. The statue was made on the honor of the Millennium and the school’s 120th anniversary from its establishment. In the very same occasion the local government awarded the institution with Pro Urbe prize for the collaboration given in the development of the town’s image.

Gloria Victis Statue

Artist: Ferenc Ercsei (1956-2011) born in Reghin. He finished high school in Târgu Mureș Art School. Then he studied sculpture in the University of Art in Cluj Napoca. After the university he had stayed in Bucharest for a few months, and then he settled down in Miercurea Ciuc, in 1984. He had been teaching at the István Nagy Music and Art School, since 1990. He died on the 4th of September 2011, in Miercurea Ciuc.
Date: 23rd October, 2006
Description: The statue was inaugurated on the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution from 1956. The artist was inspired by a poem called “Angels from Heaven” by Sándor Márai.
The sculptor has formed a standing woman with a proud attitude. The statue has been the location of the Commemoration Events of 23rd October, since 2006. Commemoration wreaths are placed in front of the statue after the festive speeches.

Millennium Memorial

Artist: Oszkár Kövér, is a young artist, originally from Miercurea Ciuc, yet he lives in Oradea, now.
Date: The Millenium Memorial was inaugurated on the 2nd of August 2001, on the occasion of the 4th Town Days of Miercurea Ciuc. The Memorial is located on the Majláth Gusztáv Square.
Description: This memorial is a rather monumental size artwork with its unusual composition. The author declared in the “Hargita népe” newspaper the following: “First of all I would like to apprise the public, my town’s residents, that it is possible to glide through a compact, impenetrable (or at least looks like that) space. The lesson would possibly be that everything is possible. It is a Millennium Memorial containing the essence of life: from one millennium to the other, the permeation from one space to another, from life to death… And the horse is a “vehicle” in some mythologies, what makes the transition possible between the living and the dead world. Actually that is the reason why some nations buried the horse together with the rider.

Liberation

Artist: Márton Zsigmond ( born in Danesti, 18th November, 1947). Studied at University of Drawing Pedagogy in Cluj Napoca and Monumental Art Restoration at the Nicolae Grigorescu Univeristy of Arts in Bucharest. After professing in Bucharest for a year, he teaches at local schools in Miercurea Ciuc, Sâncrăieni, and Izvorul Olt. Presently he is a teacher at the Nagy Imre Secondary School in Miercurea Ciuc.
Date: After working persistently only by himself for one and a half decades, he finished his artwork by 1994. The “Liberation” is his biggest monumental work ever, lying on the facade of the old Transylvania Movie Theatre, consisting 163 m² of marble mosaic.
Description: Márton Zsigmond achieved his conception mostly by his own persistent work in an intense tempo, against the politics of art in the socialist period. He created his Liberation of marble mosaic on the facade of the old Transylvania Movie Theater on a 7.5m x 21.9m / 163 m² surface out of 1375 pieces of mosaics. He was awarded with Pro Urbe prize by the current Town Council.

The Memorial of the Romanian Heroes

Artist: Marius Butunoiu (1919-1999). He was a Romanian sculptor. His monumental sized works are visible even today in 30 different squares in Romania. He made three statues even for three Hungarian Towns: Hajdúböszörmény, Miskolc and Nyíregyháza.
Date: 19th August, 1974
Description: The statue is situated in the Central Park of the town. It has a typical social-realism physiognomy with its monumental size, attracting attention from afar. The statue was stood in the memory of the Romanian heroes died during the 2nd World War. The Romanian residents of the town usually hold their National Commemorations and Festivities here.

Culture

Artist: Árpád Márton (born in Joseni, 6th October, 1940) is a well-known local painter. He studied in Târgu Mureș Music and Art School between 1954 and1958, then he continued his painting education at the University of Art Ion Andreescu in Cluj Napoca. He is the owner of a lot of awards. He is one of the most remarkable artists, art event planner and recognized educator of Transylvania for the past 50 years. He is the charter member of the Nursery of Artists in Lăzarea held for nearly a half century.
Nedel Aurel (born in Hunedoara County, on the 17th January, 1930) studied at the Art Academy in Bucharest. He is a member of The Romanian Artists Association.
Date: 1967
Description: The ornamentation realized from fire-bricks is beautifying the main facade of the old Cultural House of Miercurea Ciuc, now housing the “Csíki Játékszín” acting company of the town, on the two sides of the entrance tympan atrium. The compositions painted on small flagstones built from decorative and figurative elements were created in the same time as the ceramics mosaic inside the building, right above the stage, also made by Árpád Márton together with András Gaál and Árpád Pállfy. The title of this work is: Cantata Profana.

Ice Hockey Players

Artist: Gábor Tőrös (born in Turda, 12th of June, 1934) studied at the University of Art Ion Andreescu in Cluj Napoca. He has been teaching at the Music and Fine Arts Secondary School in Baia Mare, since 1966. Since 1975, he has worked in the Nursery of Artists in Lăzarea in summers. In 1981, he worked at the International Medal and Small Sculpture Making Art Camp in Nyíregyháza-Sóstó, in Hungary. He has lived in Hungary since 1989.
Date: The statue was inaugurated in 1979 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Ice hockey in Miercurea Ciuc.
Description: It is considered as one of the first statues representing ice hockey players in Europe. It stands in front of the “Vákár Lajos” Ice Rink and is made of steel sheets. The two players are 3m high each.