At SUT was revealed a Monument of J. Murgaš

07. 05. 2015

Odhalenie pamätníka J. MurgašoviOn April 27th 2015, in front of the Rector's Office of SUT, was revealed a monument of Slovak inventor, a pioneer in wireless telecommunication, Jozef Murgaš.

Jozef Murgaš is an author of several patents especially in the field of telecommunications, and he was probably the first men who conducted the world's first radio transmission of spoken word. Jozef Murgaš was born in Tajov. He studied to be a priest at seminar in Bratislava and later painting in Budapest. He had started to be interested in electrical engineering after his departure to the USA. He filed for several patent applications on the device and method of transmitting messages by wireless telegraphy there.

An author of the monument is sculptor Alexander Trizuljak. He created portrait of Jozef Murgaš larger-than-life for the Central telecommunications building (UTB) in Bratislava in Jarošová street at the turn of the 70s and 80s of the last century. Its creation was accompanied by complications from the beginning. The original idea to create a monumental architectural and sculptural composition of arches symbolizing radio waves in combination with the figure of J. Murgaš was refused by the artistic committee of former Slovak Fine Arts Fund, because of ideological motives and artistic representation of Murgaš during the referendum. Sculptor had to change the concept of the statue to a simple bust.

Former building of the telecommunications office is now the administrative centre and a monument has found a new dignified place on campus these days, in front of the rector's office of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Vazovova street no.5. The area in front of the rector's office of SUT has became a Forecourt of J. Murgaš.

The new setting plan of portrait Jozef Murgaš in front of the rector's office of SUT in his stylized form is coming back to the original idea. In the pavement were created arches by placing the LED lights and they evoke the principle of his radiotelegraphy invention.

For the needs of setting plan of portrait Jozef Murgaš was made a cast of the original artist's model. This cast was authorized by the wife of sculptor - Eva Trizuljaková. His sons, Klement and younger Alexander, are authors of architectonic design of Forecourt of J. Murgaš.

Author: A. Hajduchová

 Source: Slovak University of Technology

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 Published by: MI

Translated by: LŠ

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