HKU told to contact ‘Pillar of Shame’ creator

The liquidator of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, Richard Tsoi, said he has told the University of Hong Kong to contact the creator of “Pillar of Shame” over its plan to remove the statute from the campus.

Danish artist Jens Galschiot has claimed ownership of the statute and said he has hired lawyers in Hong Kong to follow up on the matter.

He also said he hopes to move the sculpture out of Hong Kong without damage.

Tsoi said because Galschiot said he is the owner of the sculpture, it would be more appropriate for the university to deal with his lawyers directly.

Tsoi also said the university should preserve the statute in the name of academic freedom and freedom of speech.

A statement by the University of Hong Kong says, “We are still seeking legal advice and working with related parties to handle the matter in a legal and reasonable manner.”

Last week, the university said the now-defunct Hong Kong Alliance has until 5pm on Wednesday to remove “Pillar of Shame”, or it would be deemed abandoned. It’s not immediately clear yet if the deadline would be extended because of Typhoon Kompasu.
Last updated: 2021-10-13 HKT 17:15