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In 1956 on October 26, Miklos Erdely participated in a solidarity action, entitled Unguarded Money. With his friends, he placed boxes in the streets of Budapest to collect money for the families of martyrs. The boxes were left unguarded to maintain the ‘purity of the revolution’.
Untitled (after Miklos Erdely)
 
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Untitled (after Miklos Erdely)
Seen in this light, Moskva Ter itself could be considered a monument too, its name referring to the past, its structure from another time, while modern life develops.

Bik Van der Pol created a remake in bronze of a
similar box, which was put in the middle of
Moskva Ter. A monument, homage to the action of
this conceptual artist, a re-activation of sensibilities.
Today, Hungary joined the European Union, which will again imply change.
This monument considers the effect that changes have on the ordinary life of humans and how some of the underlying reasons for revolution are still at stake today.
The box is functional and as with Erdely‘s action the lid can be opened and closed by anyone, and its content can be enlarged or taken out.
This new monument is mediated and embedded in today’s context and dynamics. The installation of Untitled (after Miklos Erdely) aims to function as a catalyst for thought, a pause to consider these changes by setting up a series of radio talks on the gentrification of Moskva Ter. Every week, interviews with different persons were broadcasted by RADIO CAFĂ© with the subject: ‘a new name for Moskva Ter’.

 
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