Steve Jobs Tribute Statue Will Give You Nightmares

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Steve Jobs Tribute Statue Will Give You Nightmares


A bizarre new statue of Steve Jobs makes the Apple co-founder look like a Dead Space Necromorph.

Serbian sculptor Dragan Radenovic unveiled his new statue of Steve Jobs yesterday, the day that would have been Jobs' 59th birthday, and you know what? I can't even put words to it. I honestly do not know what to say, except that I am seriously freaked out by it.

It appears to stand about three feet tall, with what is presumably Jobs' head perched atop a squared-off pillar. A pair of Cyrillic letters whose meaning eludes me pokes out above a 1 and a 0 representing the binary system that makes computers do their magic, although those of you with more vivid imaginations may see a couple of those characters in a more anatomical light, if you know what I mean. Yeah, you know what I mean.

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The amazing thing about this godawful monstrosity (and let's not mince words here, this thing is horrific) is that it was chosen as the winner of a competition with more than 10,000 entries, and Jony Ive, Apple's senior vice president of design, reportedly really likes it. That means there's a good chance it's going to get even worse: This piece is just a scale mock-up and if the design is approved by the appropriate great minds, a full-size version standing between ten and 16 feet tall will be built and placed on Apple's campus. Jobsman Be Praised!

Source: Business Insider [http://www.netokracija.com/steve-jobs-bista-68621]



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Those letters might be that "sss" (on the right, higher; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ze_(Cyrillic) ) and the "tch" (on the left, lower; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che_(Cyrillic) ) sound. Perhaps initials of sorts? "Sssteve Tchobs"? I dunno.
I don't like it, but I fail to see how it's that awful or reminiscent of necromorphs, though. It's an overgrown metal bust with seemingly random stuff stuck to it.
 

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Andy Chalk said:
A pair of Cyrillic letters whose meaning eludes me pokes out
As someone who actually learned Russian Cyrillic, the meaning eludes ME, too.

It's... I'm assuming it's a backwards myakhkeey znahk and an "eh" someone set on fire (ь Э).

So... E flatten-word? What does an E and a verbal cue have to do with Steve Jobs?

I'm usually one to stick up for modern art, but this is just poor. Literally the only thing on it that makes sense is the 1 and 0.
 

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Skeleon said:
Those letters might be that "sss" (on the right, higher; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ze_%28Cyrillic%29) and the "tch" (on the left, lower; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che_%28Cyrillic%29) sound. Perhaps initials of sorts? "Sssteve Tchobs"? I dunno.
I hope not. Steve Jobs in Cyrillic is Стийвь Джобс. No need for the Zeh if they already have Ess, and "J"s are done using the Cyrillic "deh" and "zheh" (dzh).
 

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I hope not. Steve Jobs in Cyrillic is Стийвь Джобс. No need for the Zeh if they already have Ess, and "J"s are done using the Cyrillic "deh" and "zheh" (dzh).
That symbol on the left certainly doesn't look like ь to me, though. More like a mirrored ч.
For a second there I thought the shadow of the statue might have some significance, but it doesn't look like it does, on the photo at least. Perhaps from a particular angle? Or maybe it's just random crap, erm, art.
 

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It looks like somebody studied a little too much Brâncuși in art school. And is also insane.
 

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Skeleon said:
lacktheknack said:
I hope not. Steve Jobs in Cyrillic is Стийвь Джобс. No need for the Zeh if they already have Ess, and "J"s are done using the Cyrillic "deh" and "zheh" (dzh).
That symbol on the left certainly doesn't look like ь to me, though. More like a mirrored ч.
For a second there I thought the shadow of the statue might have some significance, but it doesn't look like it does, on the photo at least. Perhaps from a particular angle? Or maybe it's just random crap, erm, art.
Let's face it: The symbol on the left doesn't look like anything.

Therefore, I choose to believe it's half an ehf (ф), because about half an ehf accurately represents the amount of effort put into this sculpture.
 

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lacktheknack said:
Andy Chalk said:
A pair of Cyrillic letters whose meaning eludes me pokes out
As someone who actually learned Russian Cyrillic, the meaning eludes ME
That's because Russian Cyrillic and Serbian aren't the same. Serbs write literally what they hear and say. In their language words like mother and father would be spelled madr and fadr. So god only knows what the fuck that means.
 

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Long Live Memory of Glorious Constructor of One Buttoned Victory!

He shall charge at our enemies with his legs of binary, and with his Glorious Armphabets, he shall tear them off sunder.
 

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Adam Jensen said:
lacktheknack said:
Andy Chalk said:
A pair of Cyrillic letters whose meaning eludes me pokes out
As someone who actually learned Russian Cyrillic, the meaning eludes ME
That's because Russian Cyrillic and Serbian aren't the same. Serbs write literally what they hear and say. In their language words like mother and father would be spelled madr and fadr. So god only knows what the fuck that means.
The meaning still eludes me. :D

Chemical Alia said:
It looks like somebody studied a little too much Brâncuși in art school. And is also insane.
Is Brâncuși an artist, or a language?
 
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It looks like somebody studied a little too much Brâncuși in art school. And is also insane.
"Bird in Space" anyone?

It reminds me of that column of flesh that's in Hellraiser 2, which isn't a good thing.
 

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Art. I will never, ever understand art apparently. Necromorph is right. Someone get me a plasma cutter please. I thought it was just the head bust when I saw the article stub, but then when I saw the whole picture...wow.
 

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All Jobs did was make people want to buy a phone upgrade every year. Thats all. Didnt invent anything, just made it popular because it connection to their mp3 players. Nor did they make the first Tablet or Smart Phone. They just managed to sell it to people enough to make them upgrade every year for no real reason than because...(because is the reason).

Regardless, he had the brains to make those products house hold names so i give him that. That statue sucks as a tribute, what happened to having a statue of him as a person? Or just a head casting? Some times i think they go weird for the sake of it. Im sure those things have meaning, but its about first glance, and first glance is its awful. If his mum and dad are still around, they will think its ugly, not that it represents their sons work and life as im sure they wouldnt understand all that he did.
 

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Images like this always pop in my head when I hear people what Video games to be "art".
This is what art is, well at least modern art, goes to show games like Dead Space are more "art" then Braid.
 

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I clicked the Dragan Radenovic tag in this post, but no related articles came up. Am I doing something wrong?
 

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It reminds me of the pillar from one of the Hellraiser movies... don't spill blood on it or it'll be the end of us all. Oh the wonders we'll see though...
 

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Imagine walking into a room and seeing that ... thing ... just standing there. Judging you with its unknowable thoughts and impeccable styling.

You cannot scream loud enough.
 

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It looks like someone's trying to play a prank on future archeologists.

Although when I saw that head in the thumbnail, I was picturing something more like this:


But, like, with the head of Steve Jobs.
 

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otakon17 said:
It reminds me of the pillar from one of the Hellraiser movies... don't spill blood on it or it'll be the end of us all. Oh the wonders we'll see though...
Steve Jobs has such sights to show you!

 

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I really, really hope this gets a proper 16 foot version permanently stamped on the Apple campus.
 

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otakon17 said:
It reminds me of the pillar from one of the Hellraiser movies... don't spill blood on it or it'll be the end of us all. Oh the wonders we'll see though...
The stuff of dreams, and of nightmares. I'm picturing the artist's thought process as being something akin to the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opening sequence. He starts with a black monolith and randomly protrudes fleshy and techy bits into a styggian form from the 7th circle of hell. Do not stare into its eyes, never stare into its eyes.
 

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As long as it's for Steve it'll be a fitting statue. I really hope these idiots go through with this and make it as big as they can.

What an eyesore.
 

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Modern Art claims another victim.
I swear, I'll never understand the obsession with being as weird as possible, it's not shocking, it's just lame.
 

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Are you sure this isn't a prototype for the new iTerminator? You know the ones Apple are secretly building to enforce IP laws that benefit them and stop hackintosh makers.
 

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sorry but what does "?140" mean?

It's not even a regular price category of Apple.


captcha : sick puppy, ... indeed

"A bizarre new statue of Steve Jobs makes the Apple co-founder look like a Dead Space Necromorph."
LOL!!!
 

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I thought it was a poor picture that made the bust look weird but no, it looks ugly as sin even by modern art standards.

All we need now is a horde of fanatics desperately paying ever increasing amounts of mon... Oh.

Well, I'm off to build a Necromorph-proof bunker, who wants to join me?
 

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Looks like they froze his body in carbonite, smashed it, and then reworked it into a statue. I can understand the bit about freezing a nerd in carbonite; it's somewhat of a dream funeral. I just don't agree with smashing it into pieces, though.
 

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IT'S A SIDEWAYS BONER

just want to be sure we're all clear on that
 

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Quite appropriate, since the real Steve Jobs used to give people nightmares too.

And yes, very necromatic. Break out your kill cutter please:

 

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FrozenCones said:
otakon17 said:
It reminds me of the pillar from one of the Hellraiser movies... don't spill blood on it or it'll be the end of us all. Oh the wonders we'll see though...
Steve Jobs has such sights to show you!

The new iphone looks promising. And terrifying.

I kinda like the statue though, it's similar to how I want to be immortalized. Minus being penetrated by an adamantium boner, of course.
 
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You should check out what that bastard did to Constantine the Great. You know, that first Christian roman emperor guy?
That oneofakind monstrosity is located in his [Const's] hometown.

http://www.blic.rs/data/images/2013-12-04/408003_nis-3-11-2013-spomenik-caru-konstantinu-gradonacelnik-hocevar-i-autor-spomenika-dragan-radenovicras-k-kamenov_ff.jpg?ver=1386152363

That's also my hometown BTW. I see that eyeball peeling thing every other day.
 

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lacktheknack said:
Andy Chalk said:
A pair of Cyrillic letters whose meaning eludes me pokes out
As someone who actually learned Russian Cyrillic, the meaning eludes ME, too.

It's... I'm assuming it's a backwards myakhkeey znahk and an "eh" someone set on fire (ь Э).

So... E flatten-word? What does an E and a verbal cue have to do with Steve Jobs?

I'm usually one to stick up for modern art, but this is just poor. Literally the only thing on it that makes sense is the 1 and 0.
Like you, I noticed the 1 and 0 right away -- as well as the positioning of them being absurdly phallic (oh man - Andy Chalk beat me to it). You know what the other two symbols look like to me? They look like those garbage capcha encription letters. No accounting for taste and to each thier own and whatever fitting idiom there may be, but man... this is why I hate modern art.
 
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The left symbol is an A, he just rotated it to the left. The other one is E.

Also, according to the apple upper management, the reason this hunk of garbage won is because they liked how it's "imperfect".
 

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well, finally somone decided to depict steve jobs for how he acted instead of how he looked. Too bad this goes unrecognized.
 

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For some reason that sculpture reminds me of one of the monsters from the original The Thing, specifically the one that comes out after biting off the doctor's hands.
 

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Considering the kind of person he was, I still can't believe that he's more popular than Gates. Gates has done a lot more philanthropic work than Jobs and seems to be an all right guy.
 

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offensively ugly for someone who was so dedicated to creating the beautiful.

I mean who would want to lick that?
 

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It comes across to me like it's a sculpture made by an art school student who was trying to be too clever.

I'm not saying all sculptures of people should be traditional. It just felt like perhaps the backstory explaining the symbolism took longer to write than actually designing and making the piece.

Tzeentch Anarchitect said:
Also, according to the apple upper management, the reason this hunk of garbage won is because they liked how it's "imperfect".
Ah, so the reason I've not been successful in Art is that my work is too good. Thanks one of the nicest things anyone's said.
 

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Why is it horrific? It's a statue, stop trying to push your personal taste as fact
 

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I'm reasonably sure that's not cyrillic, but Greek. Lowercase Alpha and Omega(both turned sideways in the same direction as the "0" and "1"), which would fit thematically.

It also adds a new dimension to this monstrosity's symbolism: anvilicious hero-worship on a megalomanic scale.

No wonder Apple likes it.
 

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"Hello B-b-b-b-bill. It´s your old friend Sssssteve. I came back for you, now we can be t-t-t-together forever. Why that look, B-b-b-bill? What´ssss wrong? Don´t you l-l-l-loooove me anymore? Come here, give your old friend a k-k-k-kisssss."
 

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I apparently don't find the statue as horrifying as everyone else does. It's just kinda weird.

That being said, I don't really see how it's a fitting tribute to Steve Jobs either, you'd think his statue would be elegent and minimalistic with lots of rounded edges, or something like that. Isn't that the design aesthetic he helped pioneer which became the backbone of Apple's identity? I don't remember him being known as the guy who took PCs and made them weird and confusing looking.
 

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So what is the artist trying to achieve with this piece?
I tried to figure it out by looking at it, but can't say that I have a clue at all.

I like modern art a lot when I see that the artist is trying to pour his soul into it in order to express something. This does absolutely nothing for me though. The binary seems totally cliché and I honestly don't have a clue what the supposed cyrillic is doing there.
 

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The shadow it casts makes it look like an exotic sex toy, that speaks volumes about the design of the thing...
 

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Holy shit, that's one butt ugly statue. I think the person who made this thing secretly hated Steve jobs, that's the only logic i'm getting out of this statue.

I know the classical style of statues is boring to some people, but it would have been a much better choice then...this.
 

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I like it.

I think it looks hilarious, and I love how crumpy the head looks and how the symbolism is nonsense.
As far as art goes, I far prefer stupid over dull.
 

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Yup, the 0 and 1 definitely makes a penis and they're in the right spot. Maybe the artist is paying tribute to Job's creativity in regards to computer stuff by making the 0 and 1 (COMPUTER STUFF!) into a penis (responsible for helping in the CREATION of life).

Am I deep and insightful now?

On the other hand, maybe the artist just had penises on their mind when they designed the thing. Or maybe they're just insane because that statue really does look some kind of Lovecraftian relic.
 

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it looks like the liquid metal terminator from T2:Judgement Day was disguising itself as a metal pillar and is in mid morph..
 

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Pffff.
To give me nightmare you need provide me much more horrifying sight
But it's still ugly as fuck (bad fuck, with rotten remains of a dog)
 

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Just a pillar with the head would be fine. For some reason the Cyrillic and binary poking out just makes it look creepy. And I don't know why this is, either.
 

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That is not a statue: that's a T-1000! They bought the patent for the metal [http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/09/apple-buys-out-liquidmetal-patents-to-stay-one-step-ahead-in-materials-game/], soon they'll download Jobs' mind into it and the Trendy Global Machines Despotate will be upon us!
 

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Sadly Hitler was right about one thing: Modern, or rather, Post-Modern Art is bile.