Pillar of Shame sculpture seized by police in Hong Kong

A sculpture marking the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing in 1989 has been seized by police in Hong Kong. Artist Jens Galschiøt’s Pillar of Shame (1997) monument, depicting a mass of deformed bodies, was removed from the campus of the University of Hong Kong in December 2021. The work was installed in 1997 shortly before the United Kingdom handed over rule of the former colony to China; the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square event is 4 June.

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