30th anniversary of the 1989 Chinese Tiananmen Square massacre

This year is the 30th anniversary of the massacre and Galschiøt therefore chose that the sculpture should be in the center of the sign on the motorway, in order to honor the memory of the students.

Jens Galschiøts ‘Pillar of Shame‘ marks the massacre of Tiananmen Square in China. This year is the 30th anniversary of the massacre and Galschiøt therefore chose that the sculpture should be in the center of the sign on the motorway, in order to honor the memory of the students. On the front of the sculpture, the beautiful calligraphy by famous poet Szeto Wah says “The nation’s trauma”. Versions of the sculpture is currently exhibited in Mexico, Brazil and Hong Kong.

Read more about the ‘Pillar of Shame’ and it’s history here.

By showcasing this particular sculpture on the big sign on the motorway, Galschiøts hope is that some of the millions of people driving past in the next 20 years or so, will think about the horrible actions taken against the students in China.

Jens Galschiøt says

“I am especially pleased that the Chinese Pillar of Shame is on the sign, because it is the only memorial on Chinese soil (Hong Kong) that marks and commemorates the massacre of the students at Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. This year, it is exactly 30 years since the massacre took place and the Chinese system is trying to eradicate the memory of the disaster by all means. So I think it is great to get the picture of this particular sculpture on the sign, to commemorate and rehabilitate the brave Chinese students who had to lay down their lives in 1989. At the foot of the sculpture is a beautiful Chinese calligraphy that reads “the nation’s trauma”. Now the sign will be on the highway for the next 20 years and almost a billion cars will pass by it, and perhaps the passengers will send the Chinese students a loving thought and thus help remember their history.”

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