Invitation to the press and others who might be interested. Monday 12/12/05
Mad Cow Decease in Victoria Park
Monday the 12th of December at 9 pm we will once more try to erect the two sculptures in Victoria Park.
We hope you can be there and that it will this time be possible to erect the sculptures.
Best regards Jens Galschiot (artist) (Hong Kong Phone: 9408 6455)
sent out globally Monday 12/12/05 at 5 pm
Political obstruction of WTO-art in
on confrontational course with the
The big NGO-meeting of the grassroots was almost canceled as well, when the authorities demanded a guarantee of 10,000,000 $HK (about 1,200,000 $US) to realize the arrangement.
But confronted with the canceling of the
whole NGO-meeting one hour before start and thereby spreading thousands of
frustrated NGOs from all over the world into the streets of
The artist is now working to get the third set of documentations sent from Denmark and has for the second time ordered the container and crane to Victoria Park at 9 pm and hopes that this time he will succeed as the police has for causes of security asked that the sculptures being erected before the beginning of the official WTO-meeting Tuesday.
Concerning the problems with the authority’s Jens Galschiot has no doubt that we have to do with blatant political obstruction, and exclaims:
It is grotesque that we come to Hong Kong to
support the position of China against technical protectionism and my sculptures
are subjected to technical protectionism from the park management in Hong Kong. The sculptures have on various occasions been set up in the public
space, e.g. in
We have now got new certifications sent from
More information and free photos: www.aidoh.dk/WTO
Jens Galschiot and his staff in
The Danish group will endeavour to write a diary and make an activity calendar on the net at: www.aidoh.dk/WTO
The Sculptures, which have just
Mad cow Disease – a nine metres high pair of scales with a stuffed cow in one arm and five starved African children in the other. A symbol pinpointing that the rich world is using five times the amount of their development aid to support their own agriculture. Each cow in the rich world gets 850 $ in subsidies during its life.
Survival of the Fattest is a three metres high copper sculpture of a fat woman with a pair of scales in her hand sitting on the back of starved African man. The fat woman, Justitia, epitomises the rich world’s self-complacent ‘righteousness’ – and the third world’s view on our conduct.
The Hunger March - twenty copper sculptures of starved children will appear as a mobile manifestation in the many demos expected during the summit.
happenings by Galschiot in
and his sculptures have earlier been involved in turmoil in Hong Kong when he
in 1997 set up the eight metres high Pillar of Shame to create a
memorial of the crackdown of the student uprising on the Tiananmen square in