Fix the head
There the creator of the sculpture,
Jens Galschiot, will fix the head, which has been damaged during the winter, and the citizens will clean him up, after 6
months in Odense Harbor, which is not the cleanest place to be.
Troubles are not over
But the poet’s troubles are not over
yet. On the town hall square he will meet a twin-sculpture made of wax and chocolate. This will probably be Denmark’s
largest Easter egg, filled with chocolate-covered marzipan bars and candy
from Odense’s marzipan factory. The Easter egg will during a ceremony be
hoisted 5 meters in the air, and then dumped in the middle of the square,
and all the kids will run to get some candy and marzipan
bars and drink juice.
”It will be a ceremony of biblical
dimensions”, the artist says with a smile, ”First the
resurrection, then an almost palm branch sprinkled welcome back to the
city, after that a ritual cleansing, whereupon he will be smashed to
pieces and be eaten by the citizen. Even though the order of events has
been changed, it cannot get any more symbolic and biblical than this, and
then at Easter”, the artist Jens Galschiot says.
Like an April fool
”This could sound like an
April fool, but eventhough it is close to 1.
April, we are talking about a real event. I will upload videos and
photos online, where you also can see the photos from when we drowned him
last year. So if you cannot come and participate in the event in Odense,
you can witness it on the internet and on TV”, the artist concludes.
The sculpture was originally contrived as a part of big fountain depicting all Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales, but the
artist has had to suspend the project, because the municipality after six
years still has not managed to find a central site for the Storyteller’s Fountain, although more
than one million Euro has been available for the creation of the fountain
The spectacle was led by Jens Galschiot who had invited to the spectacular art happening. On the occasion he was dressed as an undertaker. His sculpture
had been exhibited for six years at the Town Hall sq. It was one of the citizens’ most
favoured sculptures and it was eagerly photographed.
The artist who is a resident of Odense says with a smile: “Generally I’m known as a sort of street-art artist as
I’m placing my sculptures in the public space, but this event could
rather be dubbed as water-art. Who knows, maybe a new art trend
has been born….
Info, photos and contact:
Contact: Jens Galschiot, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Phone: +45 6618 4058, Mobile: +45
All Free photos of the events of The Storyteller’s Fountain: http://www.aidoh.dk/Storyteller-Photos
The resurrection: http://www.aidoh.dk/Resurrection
Andersen’s funeral: http://www.aidoh.dk/Funeral
Who is Jens
Jens Galschiot, born 1954, sculptor, Denmark. He stakes his art to defend the
ethical values of our society, regardless of political, religious or
economic interests. His sculptures suddenly appear in public areas and
start the performance. Politicians, the press and the public are drawn in
as the actors.
Jens Galschiot is a very complex artist, who moves around in the main
distributing frame as, installation art and Street Art with clear
references to "social sculptures" (Joseph Beuys), Symbolism and
often acted as an NGO on international conferences.
His sculptural manifestations appear in the public scene. The
Pillar of Shame (8 metres) was put up in Hong Kong, Mexico
and Brazil as a remembrance of bloody massacres. See a list of 27 art
manifestations on Wikipedia
The happenings are
prepared in the artist's several thousand
square metres workshop and foundry. The projects are implemented in
cooperation with many helpers from Denmark and abroad. They are financed
through the sale of bronze sculptures to art collectors.