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Artist says University of Hong Kong may allow retrieval of removed Tiananmen statue, though shunned by crane firms


The Danish sculptor behind a tribute to the Tiananmen crackdown dead, which was removed by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) last December, says that the university may allow him to retrieve the Pillar of Shame.

The Pillar of Shame at the University of Hong Kong – before and after. Use your mouse to slide horizontally. Photo: HKFP.

HKU demanded that the disbanded group behind Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, remove the monument last October. Citing safety reasons and “legal risks” under the city’s colonial-era Crimes Ordinance, HKU tore the statue down itself late last December whilst students were away on break. Round benches and tables now dot the area where the Pillar of Shame once stood on the university’s main campus.

The former site of the Pillar of Shame statue at the University of Hong Kong is now a seating area. Photo: HKFP/Tom Grundy.

Jens Galschiøt told HKFP that HKU’s new law firm had informed his lawyer that the monument could be picked up if he could prove ownership. It is currently being stored in a shipping container at another HKU property.

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