Minimalist Cyrillic Tribute to Steve Jobs Unveiled, Statue to be Displayed at Apple

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A statue of the late Steve Jobs by sculptor Dragan Radenović was unveiled in Belgrade, Serbia, and according to Serbian newspaper Netokracija, it was selected by Apple to be shown at one of the company's Cupertino offices. The minimalist tribute includes Steve Jobs's bust, two Cyrillic letters, and the roman numerals 0 and 1, representing the binary system used by computers today.

The statue unveiled today is a maquette, the art world's term for a small version of a sculpture made for demonstration or consideration purposes. The final version will be 3 to 5 meters (roughly 10-16 feet) tall.

The statue:


Source: Netokracija

The statue is already garnering negative reviews from fans of Steve Jobs, but according to a Google Translate version of the Netokracija article, it was chosen by Apple's senior management, who liked the imperfections of the piece. It will be displayed at an unspecified branch Apple office in Cupertino.

Mr. Radenović is a world-renowned sculpture, who has done many busts, including a bust of President George H. W. Bush, who sat for the sculpture. His submission was one of 10,200 entered for this particular selection process.

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A lot of great art, architecture, literature, music, and other creative forms are initially rejected, and judging by the initial reaction to this piece, it will be considered great, indeed, at some point. Personally, I love it. I have no idea if Steve Jobs would have liked it, but the reality is that such pieces are made for the living, not for the dead.

Note to the powers-that-be in charge of this project: I'd love to display the maquette in my home. You know, if you need a place to store it.


John Dingler, artist

“Most great art is initially rejected” may be true, while at least one kind of art, that of Thomas Kinkade, is initially judged great, but later rejected.

I would have used “much” rather than “most,” with the latter giving me the cringies.

Bryan Chaffin

You make a good point, John, and i’m going to edit it accordingly. My “most” comment came out of an earlier discussion about a topic unrelated to art or this statue. I was just struck by how negative most of the comments about this piece were.

Derek Bolander

A crime against humanity.

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