Hungarian Artist Proposes
Puskas Memorial Glass Mural
Bela Turai, better known as Will Turey and living in Bethel, Ct., visited
for the first time during Thanksgiving week 2006.
Four days before he left the U.S. (11/17/06), Turai read about the passing of
the Hungarian soccer great. While in Budapest, Turai decided to
pay his respects to the
family, but was informed that the memorial
services for Puskas would not be until
Why was this artist so interested in Ferenc Puskas? A few years ago, Peter
Hungarian soccer player who was the first soccer style place kicker
to play football in The
National Football League of America (Gogolak played for
the New York Giants in the 1960's),
introduced Turai to the book "Puskas on
Puskas". Thus, a seed was planted for new
for a future work of art.
Turai has been creating life size sport, dance and musical figures in glass
since the 1970's.
His murals read like a who's who list - Muhammad Ali, Pilobolus Dance Troupe and Louis
Armstrong to name a few.
After reading the book on Puskas, Turai was inspired to create a mural of
his native Hungary, namely, Ferenz Puskas. After all, Puskas was
Muhammad Ali, Michael
Jorden and Babe Ruth all wrapped in one - probably the
greatest Hungarian athlete of the
century. Upon Puskas's death, the
Brazilian soccer legend Pele (who most people consider
greatest of them all) was
quoted as saying that " Puskas was the best that the football
The artist has proposed to create a memorial glass mural of Puskas for the
All that is needed is a proper place for the mural and a
sponsor. The artist is
searching for a donor, and after a preliminary
study, has come up with a possible home for
the mural - St. Istvan's (St.
It is here that Puskas was laid to rest with other Hungarian dignitaries of the
past in the
below the basilica.