Software company Graphisoft, Graphisoft Park, and Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT)-Budapest dedicated a statue honoring the late Steve Jobs in Budapest’s Graphisoft Park on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Commissioned by Graphisoft founder and chairman of the Board, Gabor Bojar, the statue is claimed to be the first in the world honoring the late founder of Apple, who passed away on Oct. 5.
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Crafted by Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth, the life-like bronze statue stands near the entrance of architectural software maker Graphisoft’s Budapest headquarters.
According to Graphisoft, the relationship between Graphisoft and Apple can be traced to the 1980′s, when Jobs came across the first version of Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD software at the 1984 CeBIT in Germany.
“Apple’s support included cash and computers at a time when Graphisoft was a small company with limited resources, working within the economic and political confines of what was, at the time, communist Hungary,” Gabor Bojar said.
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Apple also introduced Graphisoft to its worldwide distribution network.
“With its attention to excellence in every detail, Graphisoft Park’s environment embodies the spirit of Steve Jobs,” Viktor Varkonyi, CEO of Graphisoft said. “I can’t think of a better place to commemorate the man and his legacy,” he continued.
Graphisoft Park is claimed to be the first science & technology park in Budapest, established by Graphisoft in 1997.