FOR THE MASSES
Proposal for a Monument
What kinds of monuments are possible? Where and when? New York has
its Statue of Liberty and Rio de Janeiro its Statue of Christ the
Redeemer. In Estonia the artist Tauno Kangro has offered a 14-meter
statue of the national hero Kalevipoeg as a gift to the City of Tallinn.
Is it good? Is it bad? Is it the wrong location, an occupation of
public space by private capital, a marvellous gift or a huge stupid
Kangro’s monument hasn’t been built yet, but it has stirred
up a fierce debate. We have listened to the arguments and have a proposal
for how to positively transform Kangro’s monument into a ”Monument
for the Masses”:
1. Build the statue of Kalevipoeg – and it’s counterpart
Build the statue of Kalevipoeg as proposed
by Kangro in
the bay of Tallinn. At the same time take into consideration a possible
demolition of the statue by the use of explosives.
Build and display at Freedom Square a specially designed trigger,
which has the potential to bring the statue down.
2. Put him to the trial – yes or no?
After a trial period arrange a referendum
to decide whether to keep or ruin the statue
Arrange a lottery. The winners of the lottery are the ones to pull
the trigger at Freedom Square, if the referendum so decides. The lottery
partly finances the project and a possible destruction of the statue
is therefore more related to capitalist
logic than to the waste of public resources.
3. The monument as a collective experience
The new monument for the City of Tallinn
hereafter consists of Kalevipoeg, standing or as a ruin, the trigger
at Freedom Square and the collective experience of the whole event.
Tallinn has created a Monument for the Masses.
This website was closed for participation 2007. It now functions as
a documentation of the 2-year project "Monument for the Masses",
and is also represented at Rhizome.org
ArtBase New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
All texts written by Trial and Error (Janna Holmstedt + Po Hagström),
2006. For references & credits, click