The Kisfaludy and Nimród statues were restored, and the square is also decorated by a special fountain, which received a new, natural stone cover. At the inauguration ceremony, the Kossuth award winner Hot Jazz Band entertained the audience.
“In 2006 we decided to establish squares all over the city, where there is real community life. We wanted to develop the city centre and also other parts of the city while making them more beautiful”, mayor of the city Zsolt Borkai said, who emphasized we can be proud of our beautiful city, which has the third highest number of monuments in the country, and where history meets modernity. “I especially would like to thank the inhabitants of Győr for their patience during the works – now they can use a lot more beautiful square”, the head of the city added.
During the works, a 5500 square metre surface was covered with granite, basalt and andesite. Bécsi kapu square and the surrounding streets were given a natural stone cover, Sarkantyú street, Szabadsajtó street, Sarló street and the Aradi vértanúk street were covered with large cobblestones, while Bécsi kapu square was covered with the brown-yellow-grey granite stone also covering Dunakapu square. The curvy and ray-form pattern of the stone is unique for the square, which has also received a new fountain and lighting.
Deputy mayor Dr. Dávid Fekete, municipality representative of the area pointed out that as the time of the decision which city will be the European Cultural Capital is approaching, the inauguration of the new square is also symbolic, as the main idea of the Győr application is flow, which is present in several places at this location. The square has always been characterized in history by the flow of people, information and culture, while the river under the square also symbolizes this flow.
The renovation of the Nimród statue in Bécsi kapu square was done by the Hungarian University of Arts, the Kisfaludy statue was restored by the sculptor Zsigmond Szórádi, while the glass composition of the fountain was made by glass artist Péter Botos. At the inauguration ceremony Kossuth award winner Hot Jazz Band played and provided a fantastic experience to the audience, which was quite numerous, in spite of the frosty weather.