The Little Princess Statue on the Danube Promenade in Budapest is inspired by the artist’s daughter playing in a paper crown.
Little Princess Statue
Danube Promenade – Budapest
GPS: 47.495922, 19.048192
I’m in the presence of royalty here as I’m sitting beside Budapest’s own ‘Little Princess‘.
This bronze statue by award-winning sculptor László Marton has been a local favorite for decades. Locals and tourists can’t help but grab a selfie with her.
I ran into one former Budapest resident that made a trip specifically to this statue to recreate her childhood memories.
The artist was inspired while watching his 5-year-old daughter playing in the playground. Marton would often make a crown out of the newspapers. When his daughter grabbed a bathrobe to wear as a regal cape, it completed the ensemble. As soon as the sculptor saw his daughter, full of joy, in her royal wardrobe, he new it would be his next statue.
His original, smaller statuette (1972) is now owned by Hungarian National Gallery.
Years later in 1990, the city of Budapest asked Marton for a piece to go on permanent display in the city. So a larger version of his original creation was made, and it found a perfect place to live, along the Danube river.
There is another copy of the Little Princess in Tokyo, Japan as well.
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