In the Hebrew text of the bible, we find a word which describes giving something with the intent of offering tribute to a higher power. That word is minchāh. In the Greek of the bible we find a word that refers to a gift bestowed on someone. That word is dōrēma. Both of these words – minchāh and dōrēma – describe a giving of a gift. Both of these words together describe a gift we have all been given in the form of a phenomenally gifted young believer by the name of Martin Hudáček.
Martin Hudáček resides in, and is from, Slovakia. Slovakia is a small country just to the south of Poland and just to the north of Hungary. It is to the east of the Czech Republic and to the west of the Ukraine. As part of the European Union, this Republic is right in the middle of a mass of land that is surrounded on 3 sides by 6 seas. With a population of just over 5 million, it has a literacy rate of 99.6%. It would be considered a Christian nation where 65% of the population is Roman Catholic, 10% Protestant and 4% is Greek Catholic.
I interviewed Martin based upon a picture I came across recently. The picture below is of the sculpture he created. This sculpture is one of the most stunning pieces of art that I have ever seen. It conveys a multitude of emotions so clearly that you are left in stunned silence as you view it for the first time. Your emotions mingle with the emotion conveyed in the sculpture – you can literally feel her pain! I present you with the following picture of the sculpture by Martin Hudáček entitled:
Memorial for Unborn Children
Martin or “BONGO” as he is known by some of his friends because he plays the bongos in his church, grew up in a Christian family. “Bongo” has been interested in art since his childhood – getting his inspiration from natural materials such as wood and stone. In high school, he got into carving which led later to the Academy of Art. Recognizing that their child was gifted, Martin’s parents advised him to pursue his dream of getting into the Academy where he studied as part of the Sculpture Department. Martin gives thanks to God and to his parents for the blessing of being able to attend the Academy.
The woman in the sculpture was a live model. Martin informed me that the sculpture is made of epoxide with artificial stone imitation. He relates that the advantage of using this combination is that it does not saturate with water like normal stone.
The child was also a live model. It is made from polyester. I was kind of shocked when he relayed this to me. He informed me that these materials are often used in sculpture art.
It should come as no surprise that Martin’s favourite verse in the Bible has to do with children:
Matthew 18:3 (CJB)
3 and said,
“Yes! I tell you that unless you change and become like little children,
you won’t even enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
Martin got the idea for the sculpture as he was walking home one day. He met up with a friend that encouraged him to make a memorial for unborn children. At first, Martin resisted the idea. The idea persisted. It resided in his heart in a way that couldn’t be resisted – one of those quite whispers that are hard to ignore – the kind of whisper that you attribute to the Creator alone. Martin gives God the credit for the decision to make this sculpture his “bachelor’s study work
The sculpture or “work” took him 2 semesters (approximately 10 months). It started with the making of a miniature model and then culminated in a life size composition.
Martin grew up in a Christian family. He gives his parents credit for giving him a Christian foundation. Like many young men in their teens, Martin became interested in secular things. However, the foundation that his parents gave him was strong. He found himself “missing the real Spirit of Life.” The verse that came to mind when he stated this in the interview was:
Proverbs 22:6 (CJB)
6 Train a child in the way he [should] go;
and, even when old,
he will not swerve from it.
Martin gives thanks to God for answering his prayers – for hearing his pleas and petitions and helping him – for giving him His loving-kindness which is known as grace. He praises the Lord openly for his wonderful wife and the blessing of his second child which is due in 2 months!
Martin is an amazing young man that I am glad I have gotten to know a little bit better. Martin asks for prayer for a new project he is doing. He is going to make the sculpture of Christ The King at Kráľova hola (a mountain in Slovakia). He informs me that it will be placed on the mountain and have a height of 1,900 meters. He adds, “ May this project be in God´s hands.”
I would end this interview with a simple verse that seems so applicable:
Ecclesiastes 2:24 (CJB)
24 So there is nothing better for a man to do than eat,
drink and and let himself enjoy the good that results from his work.
I also realized that this is from God’s hand.
Without a doubt, Martin Hudáček’s sculpture entitled “Memorial for Unborn Children” is a tribute to Adonai. It is a sculpture that acknowledges that Adonai is the Creator of life. Several women that I know that have had abortions were moved to tears by this sculpture. Without a doubt, it is also a gift to all of us.
Blessings to you all!
Martin and his brother Marek will be monitoring this post. I would encourage you to post here and let them know how you feel about his work and also to keep them in your prayers.
Martin’s brother Marek is also his agent. If you are interested in giving this young man some work, leave a post here. He will be monitoring it. Leave a post with an email where you can be contacted.
** Marek Hudáček says: yes, it is possible to get replicas,
Please contact Martin’s website at following location: http://martinhudacek.sk/about.html
You can request information on replicas there.