Ludicrous Steve Jobs statue was nothing to do with Apple

Apple wasn't even aware of the competition which saw a statue unveiled to commemorate its late CEO Steve Jobs.

You may have seen reports this week of a new statue being unveiled to commemorate Steve Jobs. And as you can see, it's pretty interesting looking, especially considering Jobs was fanatical about good design.

Legend has it the statue got the thumbs up from Apple, and a much bigger version will be erected in front of the firm's Cupertino HQ. But an Apple spokesperson has told me the company wasn't even aware of the competition which the statue won, and has had no involvement in it whatsoever.

The statue is the handiwork of Serbian sculptor Dragan Radenovic, and was show off in Belgrade. It's reported that the competition had 10,000 entrants, and this was the winner.

Here's a video of it being unveiled on what would have been Jobs' 59th birthday.

I did have my suspicions that Apple would sanction a statue that looks like this. A report in the Serbian press said that Apple's senior management liked the imperfections of it. Apple isn't exactly known for liking imperfections.

As you can see, Jobs' head sits at the top. That's a pair of Cyrillic letters below it, and the binary digits one and zero.

Radenovic said he wanted his letter choice to represent a sort of magnet. "I wanted to present some of the recognisable Serbian motifs such as a letter Ш [on the bottom] which is the last letter of the Serbian alphabet… I've wanted it all to represent a sort of 'magnet'."

Nope, I'm not sure what he's on about either.

As you can imagine, the Internet wasn't too kind. Comparisons included something from Hellraiser, and the T1000 at the end of Terminator 2.

What do you think of the statue? Can you think of a more fitting tribute to Steve Jobs? What do you think he would've had to say about it? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

About the author

    Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.


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