György Galántai: Directed Group of Steps (1983)
The Directed Group of Steps is one of those step-sculptures that Galántai made using agricultural tools and it stands as a metaphor and at the same time as criticism of the worker-peasant society of the Kádár regime.
This work was made using the small-scale agricultural tool known as the spoon harrow, a steering wheel and eleven sole-shaped plates.
Its plates working together provide an analogy to the monotonous work done by the working class and their being controlled by those in power.
It symbolises the regulated operation of the state authority, in which individual decisions and diverging from the rules are restricted in order to ensure the inevitable halting of the people and to make any form of opposition untenable.
The harrow, used during the sowing of seeds, makes the balanced cultivation of land possible. As such a tool, it visualises the tension between two phenomena: the exercising of state power and the act of cultivating land. (Flóra Barkóczi)
See also: Flóra Barkóczi: Every day is a good day. In conversation with György Galántai in Area 51 in Kapolcs (artportal)