Despite The Pillars being beautiful, data is the life and soul of the monument. It is our belief that highlighting national data like unemployment, GDP per capita, pollution, income equality, mortality rate and others will not only display the truth to the public in a reflecting manner. But also make focusing on important areas easier for the public and policymakers to improve. It is important to stress that The Pillars rely on trusted data from the UN, Statistics Denmark, CIA world factbook and a few other trusted sources.
The monuments architecture is inspired by the Nordic forests including birch trees, and granite. The monument consists of 20 large pillars of concrete covered in granite, which make up a magical and timeless design that fits into the raw and rough harbor area along Copenhagen's channel. Each of the 20 pillars is symbolized by a tree - which for many is seen as symbol of life. Each pillars contains numerous little holes that light up and forms a beautiful dynamics of the monument.
The holes are shaped like the black spots on birch trees. Each pillar displays a given data point relative to the last 10 years. It may, for example be life expectancy. If life expectancy today is higher than the last 10 years, the pillar will light up more than 50% of the way to indicate a relative increase, and vice versa if it is a setback.