December 22, 2021, at 6 PM Press release
Pillar of Shame in Hongkong by Jens Galschiøt
I'm totally shocked that Hong Kong University is currently destroying the pillar of shame
It is completely unreasonable and a self-immolation against private property in Hong Kong- I have now for over 3 months written to Hong Kong University that I would like to move the sculpture.
But it has been completely impossible to get in touch with them - all my attempts to contact them have been rejected and my lawyer in Hong Kong has also tried to contact them, but failed.
It is my private property and the sculpture belongs to me personally- I have written to them several times and the Hong Kong Alliance has sent out a statement that it is my private property and that they only have it on loan for exhibition at Hong Kong University
So I have to demand that Hong Kong one take care of the sculpture. And I will claim compensation for any damage to the sculpture.
I myself have offered to go to Hong Kong with a team, and remove the sculpture nor have I been given the opportunity, Hong Kong universities will not talk to me.
Countries around the world have offered to receive The Pillar of Shame and the Danish Foreign Minister has offered his help - but there has been no response from Hong Kong universities or other responsible authorities - it is a disgrace and an abuse and shows that Hong Kong has become a brutal place without laws and regulations such as protecting the population, the arts and private property
And it's even more grotesque that they use the Western holiday, Christmas, to carry out the destruction of the artwork.
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'THE OLD CANNOT KILL THE YOUNG FOREVER '
These momentous words are engraved in the plinth of the sculpture that has been erected on Chinese soil to denounce the gory Tiananmen Massacre. The Pillar´s symbolic significance has by no means diminish throughout the years.
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