Robert Capa’s ‘Falling Soldier’ Photo Was Turned Into This Monstrosity


One of legendary photographer Robert Capa’s most famous photos is The Falling Soldier, a 1936 picture from the Spanish Civil War that’s said to show a soldier at the moment he’s shot.

Well, someone saw fit to turn the iconic photograph into a giant and bizarre 25-foot-tall (7.5m) sculpture that’s now sitting in the middle of Budapest, Hungary, where Capa was born.

Attila Nagy of Gizmodo visited the sculpture and snapped some photos of the monstrosity:


Here’s what the original shot looks like, for reference:

Original title Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Cerro Muriano, September 5, 1936. Photo by Robert Capa.
The Falling Solder (Original title: “Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Cerro Muriano”). September 5, 1936. Robert Capa.

“Dear Mr Artist, this is just not the way to turn an iconic photograph to sculpture,” Nagy writes at Gizmodo. “Robert Capa is spinning in his grave. Please, take your disgusting polystyrene work out of our sight.”

From the back, you can see metal support poles impaling the back and buttocks of the soldier:


Here’s a closer look at the face on the sculpture. The original photo lacks details, so the artist had to use their imagination…


According to the Hungarian website ArtPortal, the 4-ton sculpture will be on display through the end of October. You can find a few more photos of the installation on ArtPortal and on Gizmodo.

Image credits: Photographs by Attila Nagy/Gizmodo and used with permission