Friday 9/12 2005


We arrived at the Hong Kong airport at high noon in a very good mode. For the last several months we had prepared for this week’s WTO meeting. More than one month ago we had sent a 28 feet container to Hong Kong with the three sculptures ‘Mad Cow Disease’, ‘Survival of the Fattest’ and ‘The Hunger March’. The sculptures are supposed to be placed in The Victoria Park in the center of Hong Kong, where the rest of the alternative WTO meeting will be held. We are working together with the local organization called ‘Hong Kong People’s Alliance’, the prime mover of the alternative activities during the WTO summit. They too have prepared the coming and erection of the sculptures, so we had not made plans for anything but dinner, a nice cup of coffee and an early bedtime, to get us through the jetlag.

But soon after checking in at our hotel, we found ourselves sitting in front of the park manager of Victoria Park Mr Hing-keung Yuen. He had, it appeared, a problem accepting the erection of the sculptures even though our Hong Kong contacts had, for several weeks, fed him with detailed information about them. It appeared that his problem was, for the time being, that he needed extremely specific descriptions of all constructions exceeding 1.7 meters and how they were put together, along with declarations from some kind of professional firm, that the structures were safe. Our arguments that we had on several occasions erected the sculptures in main squares of European capitals didn’t bite on him at all.

After having discussed his high demands, he claimed it to be normal Hong Kong bureaucratic procedures, we claimed it to be political obstruction, we settled peace and left the office to get the new declarations and make the even more precise descriptions of the sculptures.   

It came to be, that in stead of early sleep, Chinese dinner and a nice cup of coffee, we had fast food, cold tee, and a very late sleep. We had to use the whole evening getting extra technical descriptions from Denmark, contacting the Danish construction firm and informing the press, in case our problems could not be solved in a reasonable way. 



Saturday 10/12 2005


After a good (and deserved I might ad) night’s sleep, we got up, more used to the Hong Kong time and ready for another day of unpredicted complications. We turned up at the People’s Alliance’, and soon found out that the Park manager, was not yet at peace with the erection of the sculptures. Having yesterday received specific descriptions of the sculptures and official declarations about the safety of the sculptures from a big Danish construction firm, his problem was now (opposite to yesterday) that it was not a Hong Kong firm that had signed the declaration as it could have been any Danish firm making those documents (apparently phoning the number or looking at the webpage of the firm, was not part of his capabilities). In the end we followed his bids and had a Hong Kong firm make that same declaration, costing us 2,000 Hong Kong Dollars. This should be the last work we have done to please his ever changing demands, though honestly we have our doubts.       

On top of the problems described above we got to use a large part of the day dealing with the problem of our server refusing to send or receive any of our mails. As for now we have not yet found a solution to this problem, but we have found a couple of makeshift ways to send out our press release with the outer world. 

So while writing this, we are again looking forward to a good Chinese dinner and early bedtime, ahead of the first of three demonstrations.


Relevant documents
  • 2005.12.09-10: First days in Hong Kong with bother about obstruction to the  version of this document  
  • Survival of the Fattest - a sculpture about the world's imbalance to the  version of this document  
  • new-struct/Happenings-and-Projects/Happenings/Mad-cow/Diary/11.htm

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    2005: Diary from Hong Kong 2005.12.11: One more day of obstructions to the English version of this document  
    Additional Information:
    Categories: 2005: Diary from Hong Kong | 2005: Mad Cow Disease in Hong Kong
    Themes: Agricultural subsidies | Criticism of governments | Ecology - sustainable development | Globalisation | Imbalanced wealth distribution | NGO activities | World trade
    Sculptures: Hunger Boys | Mad Cow Disease | Survival of the Fattest
    Type: Documents
    Dates: 10th December 2005 | 13th December 2005
    Locations: Victoria Park, Hong Kong, China
    Co-operators and Helpers: Colette Markus | Hong Kong People´s Alliance | Jun Feng | Lasse Markus | Martin Craggs | Niller Madsen | Werner Breitung, Esperanto Association of Hong Kong
    Partners: Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (Danish Association for International Co-operation)
    Related Persons and Entities: WTO - World Trade Organization
    Sponsors: 3F - Trade Union | LO - Association of Danish Trade Unions | Socialpædagogernes Landsforbund / National Federation of Social Educators