Jens Galschiøt revokes copyright on ‘Pillar of Shame’ sculpture after storm of inquiries

“Pillar of Shame” as it stood at the University of Hong Kong

Danish artist Jens Galschiøt has received more than 40 requests from artists and protesters to place a copy of his famous ‘Pillar of Shame’ sculpture to highlight the democracy movement in Hong Kong and has therefore revoked his copyright protection on the iconic piece.

AT DR NewsJens Galschiøt says he had so many inquiries that he eventually had to make a signed statement renouncing the right to produce the sculpture and stating that all proceeds were to be donated to the democracy movement.

“Normally artists won’t give their art away for free, but I did it because the art needs to come out. And the sculpture is a reminder of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the democracy movement and human rights,” adds Jens Galschiot.

The ‘Pillar of Shame’ sculpture shows a series of twisted bodies piled on top of each other in memory of the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Several supporters of greater democracy in China were killed in the bloody protests , and the subject is very heated in China.

The sculpture was loaned on a permanent basis in 1997 to the Hong Kong Alliance for the Support of Democratic Patriotic Movements of China, a pro-democracy organization established during the Tiananmen Square protests and it remains at the University of Hong Kong for 24 years until his retirement. at Christmas time.

It is precisely for this reason that it has also attracted the attention of the whole world and Jens Galschiøt tells DR that artists are carried away by the attention their works receive. The “Pillar of Shame” is perhaps the most talked about sculpture in the world these days that adds value to the sculpture, to the slaughter and to itself.

“I could probably make a lot of gold on this if I wanted to. But I’m not particularly interested in money,” says Jens Galschiøt.

He admits he took a risk in revoking his copyright protection on the sculpture and that big companies or private companies could potentially abuse it.

“Yes. I slept with the devil, but that’s how it is when you suddenly get involved in big politics. It can’t be avoided and that’s fine. I exploit them and they exploit me. C “is a mutual ‘spanking’. But in fact, I don’t think this sculpture can be abused, because it is a symbol of preserving the memory of the massacre and of Hong Kong”, says Jens Galschiøt and adds:

“The worst thing that can happen is that nothing happens and no one cares about the ‘Pillar of Shame’.

Currently the sculpture is still in Hong Kong and Jens Galschøit hopes to get it back soon.

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