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Dismantling of the “Pillar of Shame” begins

The demolition of a politically charged sculpture has apparently begun in Hong Kong: The “Pillar of Shame” has disappeared behind yellow construction tarps. Images posted on social media show workers tampering with the eight-meter-high artwork on the University of Hong Kong’s railing on Wednesday night. The column commemorates the bloody crackdown on protests in Beijing in 1989. Its creator, Danish artist Jens Galschiøt, stated that he was “totally shocked”. He is demanding compensation for the damage to the work, to which he claims ownership rights. He also said it was “grotesque” that the authorities were pushing ahead with the controversial demolition during Christmastime when fewer protests from Western countries were expected. Several countries had offered to host the sculpture after it was moved (China.Table reported). fin

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