In a refreshing change of pace, the Shanghai government has announced that the shanzhai sundial by the Huangpu River will be torn down as soon as possible.
Earlier this week, the sculpture was revealed to be a complete ripoff of an iconic work by British artist Wendy Taylor which was placed by the Thames in London over 40 years ago.
“At first I thought someone had done a clever Photoshop and changed the background, but then I looked more closely and thought ‘oh my god no, this is a complete copy,'” Taylor said after being emailed a picture of the Shanghai sundial.
While Taylor contacted the artists’ rights organization, along with the Chinese and British governments, she wasn’t exactly optimistic about her chances of getting the sundial torn down, considering China’s infamous lack of copyright protection.
But apparently, she underestimated China. According to Shanghai Daily, last night the Pudong New Area Planning and Land Resources Administration said that the sundial would be demolished today, first thing in the morning.
While we can not confirm that it has in fact been demolished yet, it certainly doesn’t look long for this world:
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