505 Van Ness
Edmund G. Brown State Office Building
The statue was a project between the Hungarian Freedom Fighters Federation of San Francisco and the Honorable Ernie Konnyu, a former Representative of the California State Assembly.
The statue portrays Hungaria, the Spirit of Hungary, and symbolizes the idea of everlasting hope in spite of defeat. The statue expresses the aspirations of all people in their hunger for freedom. It is a memorial to all nations defeated by brutal force, whose love of liberty and spirit must stay alive to strive to free themselves again.
The statue is a result of AB2227 of 1981 as introduced by the Honorable Ernie Konnyu to the Arts Council. The bill required the Arts Council to provide a grant, not to exceed $150,000 for the construction and placement of Gloria Victis as a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
Sadly there is no information available about the artist, other than she died sometime before 2004.