The statue was removed back in December last year, but the real scandal around it began only now, when it became clear that the meaning of this eerie work is not quite the – or not at all – what was supposed to be thought.
One should have thought that the eight-meter “Pillar of Shame” was erected on the grounds of the University of Hong Kong in memory of the victims of the “Tiananmen Square Massacre” in Beijing on June 4, 1989. So that the future Hong Kong elite every day, passing by, remembered what country they live in, and pondered where they should live: in a British colony, of course, as before 1997.
It looks like this work of art like a huge guttering candle of a nauseating copper color, at the end of each wax drop are human faces distorted by suffering. Or on the frame from “Alien”, where half-dead astronauts hang in spiderweb bags, in which monsters have already laid their larvae. This thing also resembles a lot, including those installed on Russian territory for similar reasons.
The “Pillar” was one of the world famous symbols of the Hong Kong riots that made the lives of all the inhabitants of this special territory of China hell. And the university was one of the epicenters of the riots, because you will become a normal inhabitant of Hong Kong day after day to take to the streets for pogroms, set fire to subway entrances and attack the police – students are more suitable for this.
Now the unrest has been suppressed, the organizers came under judicial investigation, and the statue was dismantled and taken away in an unknown direction on December 24. It is understandable that the Democrats mourn among all the other symbols of their revolt. But then different people began to talk about what it was inconvenient to talk about before (they would have hunted). For example, that the “victims of Tiananmen” on the statue have strange non-Asian faces. Why would it be?
Here Arthur Lee, now a member of the local government, and earlier the head of that very university, spoke on one of the radio programs and said that the statue had nothing to do with China at all, it had its own strange story. They contacted its author, Dane Jens Galsiot, and he began to give Arthur Lee confused testimony.
The versions here are as follows: he just took it and wanted to perpetuate the memory of any victims, people of different races. In 1995, he exhibited this miracle in Italy, and then began to wonder: maybe someone will buy this thing from him after all?
No, not so, other versions say (including the statements of the author). In fact, in the process of work, he decided in this way to perpetuate the memory of very specific people – those who died in the explosion of the FBI building in Oklahoma ( USA ) in 1995. But the Americans did not want to acquire his treasure. Then Galsiot thought: why, all sorts of massacres take place anywhere, let me make copies of the statue especially for Mexico and Brazil. It seems to be done. Let’s hope it’s not free.
Where did this treasure come from in Hong Kong? According to one version, the author sent out his commercial proposal all over the world, including to one hundred Hong Kong addresses, receiving a single response. According to another version, from the very beginning it was about his contacts with the “alliance in support of the patriotic democratic movement in China,” and the organization itself wanted to acquire his masterpiece. Now the alliance, like other revolutionary structures, has been disbanded, so it will take a long time before it gets to the exact figure of who and how brought the Danish monster into the country.
And then there was a very famous character in Hong Kong – the South China Morning Post columnist Alex Lo – and recalled what the local rioters did not want to know. That no one was killed in Tiananmen Square itself, the victims were in the alleys leading to the square. And those were those who, day after day, crippled the soldiers of the cordon, poking them in the face with iron rods, and poked them in earnest, but the soldiers had an order: not to succumb to provocations. But in the end they could not stand it. Alex is just petty reminders that the term “Tiananmen massacre” is geographically not entirely accurate, but this is one of the essential details. Especially if you seriously understand who beat whom and why.
Returning to the original meaning of the terrible statue, the most interesting version is still Oklahoma. The fact is that it is useful here to remember who blew up the FBI in 1995 – these are the same radical leftists as in Hong Kong. And innocent people died and suffered, as in Hong Kong.
That is, the pillar is a fake in many senses and, in particular, says exactly the opposite of what it was put up for at the university.
This story is interesting because if you look at the history of revolutions (that is, the violent destruction of entire societies), then there will always be a cloud of falsified dates, heroes, martyrs and much more. And if there are no martyrs, then this is not a problem: it is necessary to substitute an outsider under the tanks, the bullets of the evil patrolmen.
And now an unexpected ending. If anyone noticed, at the end of last year there were many jokes about the fact that the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences ordered a study for 742 thousand rubles on the topic “Is the existence of hell evil”. So, the point is not whether it’s a bit too much for a classical idea for any philosophy, but that this story suggests a good idea: revolutionaries are people who create hell for themselves, live in it and ardently wish the same to everyone around them, preferably on a national scale. They must have an idol, this is the image of hell – in the form of many faces distorted by suffering of “victims of a repressive regime.” If their country is not a regime and not repressive, it does not matter: reality should not spoil a good idea. And where did the idol come from is a secondary question, this is the business of the artist who sees it this way.