Press release 08.04.2000:

Brazilian Parliament Debating Pillar of Shame
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On Friday 7 April the Pillar of Shame, created by Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot, was landed in the port of Rio de Janeiro. The artist himself will arrive in Rio on Monday with a camera crew that will cover the setting up of this ‘Nobel Prize of Injustice’ in Brazil.

In a speech made on Wednesday, the leader of the Opposition, senator Ms Heloísa Helena urged all democratic forces to back the mounting of the controversial sculpture at water level in the lake in front of the Parliament. The senator emphasized: "by accepting the Pillar of Shame and setting it up, the National Congress is manifesting a symbolic act testifying that this parliament is not conniving with impunity." Ms Helena proceeds: "Impunity is an international evil undermining the human rights of citizens in rich and poor countries, independently of religious faith, colour or sex. Having this in mind, Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot has created the Pillar of Shame, an eight metres high sculpture that is serving as an accusation against impunity. The piece of art has been inspired by the assassination of 19 landless peasants in Eldorado de Carajás, Pará, on 17 April 1996."

It is still uncertain whether an authorization can be achieved for exhibiting the sculpture on this poignant site. But for the time being the Danish artist is pleased with the state of affairs. He says: "I’m really happy that we have achieved such a wide parliamentary and popular support for setting up the Pillar of Shame in Brazil, for the sake of highlighting the rule of law in the biggest country in Latin America."


The Danish group will take off from the airport of Copenhagen on Sunday 9 April at 7.45 p.m. and is expected to come down in Rio on Monday at 7.20 a.m. (local times).

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2000: The Pillar of Shame in Brazil
Additional Information:
Categories: 2000: The Pillar of Shame in Brazil | Happenings and Art Installations | 1996-?: The Pillar of Shame
Themes: Criticism of governments | Land conflicts | Massacres
Sculptures: Pillar of Shame
Type: Press releases
Dates: 17th April 1996 | 2000 | 17th April 2000 | 1st May 2000
Locations: Praça da Leitura, Belém, Brazil | Town Hall, Belém, Brazil | Parliament, Brasilia, Brazil | Eldorado de Carajàs, Brazil | Harbour, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Co-operators and Helpers: Antonio Carlos Magalhães, President of the National Congress, 2000 | Brazilian Bishops | Caio Riela, MP for PTB, 2000 | Edilson A. Assunção | Fernanda Giannasi | Fernando Marroni, MP for PT, 2000 | Helene Gjerding | Kasper Markus | Luis M. Luis | Marcos Rolim, Senator for PT, 2000 | Marina Jakobsen | Movimento Tortura Nunca Mais de Pernambuco | Niller Madsen | Per Østerby | Robert Etches | Rosalina Gauffin | Thomas Frost | Tinku (Mikkel og Doris)
Partners: Edmilson Brito Rodrigues, Mayor of Belém, 2000 | Eunice Pinheiro Alves | Heloísa Helena, Leader of opposition, Senator for PT, 2000 | MST - Movimento Sem Terra | PT - Partido dos Trabalhadores | Senate of Brazil | Town Hall of Belém
Related Persons and Entities: Brazilian Minister of Justice, 2000 | Customs officials in Rio | Odense Skattevæsen
Sponsors: BUPL | DeTrey Dentsply AG, Schweiz | Fredsfonden | Funch Fonden | Gelsted/Kirk/Scherfig fonden | Kultursekretariatet i Odense Kommune | Lysgaard Fonden | Socialpædagogernes Landsforbund / National Federation of Social Educators | Socialpædagogernes Landsforbund i Vejle | Vedstaarup Lerfabrik A/S