This week, digits made of Herend porcelain were placed on the facade of the Eiffel Art Studios, Budapest to commemorate the year 1886.
The plans for the largest industrial monument in Hungary were made by bridge engineer János Feketeházy between 1883 and 1886. The building was once the steam locomotive assembly hall and heating house of Hungarian State Railways, and today, as it’s well known, it functions as the logistics and art centre of the largest and most complex art studio in the country, the Hungarian State Opera.
The digits marking the completion of the Art Studios were made of the same high-purity hard-paste porcelain material used for the manufactory’s sets and ornaments. Each digit was cut from a large (710x525 mm) porcelain sheet. The tiles were made using the casting technique, and despite the simple geometry, making these tiles was at least as challenging as that of a larger figure. Porcelain has a high mechanical strength, and due to its compactness it’s resistant to weather conditions, so its outdoor placement is also appropriate.
Photos by Edina Ligeti / Hungarian State Opera.