The beautiful and heartbreaking sculpture has touched, inspired and helped countless people over the past week or so. We know this because there are hundreds of thousands of comments, emails, messages and posts that say just that. Last week we posted a photo a sculpture – called Melancolie. It has now been seen by more than 23 million people and is on track to be one of the most popular posts on all of Facebook for the entire year.
So, I suppose it’s not all that shocking that I’ve heard from the artist himself. Still, when I opened the message, I was floored. It shows the power of social media, sure – but really it shows the power of love.
Melancolie was created by Albert György and can be found in Geneva, Switzerland; literally on the other side of the world from us.
I shared contact information for György with many of the folks I’ve heard from, but never contacted him myself. It turns out – he has been overwhelmed with an enormous response to his beautiful art. He is touched and grateful to have helped so many.
Here is the message I received.
A few days ago, a person contacted me about my melancholy sculpture in Geneva and was kind enough to tell me the link for your blog. I became acquainted with it, with a great deal of emotion in noting the really large number of people my sculpture is talking about. I am infinitely grateful for your descriptions so just of the artist I am and really very moved to be able to bring as much comfort to all those human beings who suffer and need it.
I received a lot of very touching emails and I immediately started answering. Meanwhile, given the number of emails, I do not have enough time to answer everyone in a personal way and I have to send a simplified message that will give an answer and a little comfort to my interlocutors.
In the same missive I will give some information on the possibility of obtaining posters or replicas of the sculpture of different sizes. But first, I have to put myself to work to make these replicas and to publish a print of a good quality. I hope to be able to carry out this project again during the summer and I will keep you informed.
I only speak French and Ungarian, I allowed myself to use the Google translator to facilitate our understanding
I hope to keep in touch with you and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I can not begin to tell you how amazing it has been to simply be the link or middle man for so many who have seen the post and have been helped by it. I will update folks when I hear more from György about photos or replicas of this heartbreakingly beautiful statue.
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