While visiting Ringkøbing, on the last morning when I started driving out I passed by the shore of Ringkøbing Fjord and stopped the car to take few photos of water. But the really interesting thing happened when I turned to get into the car, and saw this across the street:
I already knew about this sculpture but I didn’t expect to actually see it… in random village in Denmark. It symbolizes uneven distribution of resources and has very interesting message: I’m sitting on the back of a man. He is sinking under the burden. I would do anything to help him. Except stepping down from his back.
It was made by Jens Galschiøt and Lars Calmar in 2002.
I don’t see myself as the fat lady, or as skinny guy under her. I see myself at the moment more as a stick that she holds. Helping the fat lady hold her balance and not fall down, and in the same time helping skinny guy by redistributing 1% of her weight to the stick. This is what automation does, makes rich people rich and happy, and improves very slowly conditions for poor. It does that by keeping them away from dangerous and unhealthy working places, but in the same time keeping them away from jobs that they can do. It is very hard to sum advantages and disadvantages of automation on the poorest people across the world, same as to determine if this stick helps skinny guy at all.