Following on from the success of the first such show a decade ago, Budapest transport company BKV is now holding another exhibition of bizarre objects left by passengers on the city’s trams, buses and metro trains. ‘Found Objects 2’ runs until the end of December.
Found Objects 2 not only shows the bizarre things that passengers leave behind when travelling across the city, but also advises that if you are among them, a simple phone call (+36 1 3 255 255, Tue & Thur 10am-2pm or email email@example.com) should trace your umbrella, reading glasses or keys.
The experience of BKV shows that most passengers are decent and honest. And yet… they still lose things. All kinds of things, a tango accordion, dentures, a 2.5kg pack of protein powder, an inflated rubber mattress, a large-scale kitsch painting of horses, a complete ski outfit, fashionable clothes and almost every book under the sun.
Some things tug at the heartstrings, such as toy rabbit in a motorcar, while an absent-minded metal fan somewhere might still be missing an original vinyl copy of Deep Purple’s Fireball – unless it was left there deliberately, of course.
Other objects seem quite extreme – who takes two ceremonial swords with them onto the metro then completely forgets about them? There’s even a Torah scroll, left beside a beautiful gift box and never claimed.
Underground Railway Museum
1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 14 (in the metro subway)
Open: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm