My Inner Beast

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Jens Galschiøt with My Inner Beast sculptures

My Inner Beast is a series of one-ton heavy black concrete sculptures, created by the Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot. In November 1993 20 sculptures were erected in twenty cities across Europe without permission of the authorities.[1] The purpose of the sculptures was to put focus on the increasing intolerance and brutalization in Europe. This was seen in the growing racism, xenophobia and the persecution of minority groups.[2]

Erecting[edit]

In November 1993, the twenty one-ton heavy black concrete sculptures were erected in twenty cities across Europe within 55 hours, without the knowledge of the authorities. The sculptures created debate in political circles,[3] in the press and in the public. In several places a permanent position has been found for the sculpture that was a gift to each city.

More than 100 volunteers contributed to the happening.

Locations[edit]

10 years after[edit]

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary Jens Galschiot and his staff initiated a search to find out what has happened to each of the 20 sculptures.[24]

The fate of the Beasts varies quite a lot. In some cities the statue has been hidden away or even destroyed. All three sculptures set up in France have disappeared.

In other cities the Beast has found a prominent site. In Bonn it has even been incorporated in the German state’s art collection. The anniversary was celebrated during the European Social Forum 12–15 November 2003 in Paris where two Beasts participated in the big manifestation accompanied by Survival of the Fattest and 14 Hunger Boys.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]. Aidoh.dk. Official information about where the statues where erected
  2. ^ "Info about the sculpture" (PDF). 
  3. ^ Berlingske Tidende, Jyllandsposten, Aalborg Stiftstidende, Jydske Vestkysten, Fyens Stiftstidende, Det Fri Aktuelt, 8. Nov. 1993 - 17. Nov. 1993
  4. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=111 My Inner Beast erected in Zurich nov. 1993
  5. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=110 My Inner Beast erected in Stockholm nov. 1993
  6. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=109 My Inner Beast erected in Paris nov. 1993
  7. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=108 My Inner Beast erected in Oslo nov. 1993
  8. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=107 My Inner Beast erected in Odense nov. 1993
  9. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=106 My Inner Beast erected in Munich nov. 1993
  10. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=105 My Inner Beast erected in Milan nov. 1993
  11. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=104 My Inner Beast erected in Marseilles nov. 1993
  12. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=103 My Inner Beast erected in Lyon nov. 1993
  13. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=101 My Inner Beast erected in Innsbruck nov. 1993
  14. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=153 My Inner Beast erected in Herning nov. 1993
  15. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=99 My Inner Beast erected in Geneva nov. 1993
  16. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=102 My Inner Beast erected in Copenhagen nov. 1993
  17. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=98 My Inner Beast erected in Brussels nov. 1993
  18. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=97 My Inner Beast erected in Bonn nov. 1993
  19. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=96 My Inner Beast erected in Berlin nov. 1993
  20. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=95 My Inner Beast erected in Barcelona nov. 1993
  21. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=114 My Inner Beast erected in Antwerp nov. 1993
  22. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=94 My Inner Beast erected in Amsterdam nov. 1993
  23. ^ http://www.aidoh.dk/?categoryID=112 My Inner Beast erected in Aarhus nov. 1993
  24. ^ [2]. official reports and conclusion for each statue
  25. ^ [3].http://www.tidsskriftcentret.dk by Jørgen Lund & Bjarne A. Frandsen 3. nov. 2003