"The worlds first monument devoted to national data transparency"

The Pillars is the world's first monument devoted to create national transparency for the people of Denmark. Visualizing national data points shaped into a beautiful monument consisting of multiple pillars in the heart of Copenhagen. The monument is meant to inform, inspire and empower citizens and leaders alike, to face the facts and improve the country.

The Concept

The construction
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.
Birch trees
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 construction
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.

Our inspirations

10.000 Year Clock

10.000 year clock (The Long Now Foundation)

A massive clock under construction inside a mountain in West Texas. The clock's purpose is to get people to think more long term. A project which first seemed unrealistic until Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon.com) donated 60 million dollars to the project.
The Debt clock

The Debt Clock

Created out of frustration from the American banker Seymour Durst in 1989 due to the US debt situation. Today a very often used cutaway for the world's media when describing the US economy.
Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Made to attract more tourists to South Dakota, the project took over 15 years to build and had to repeatedly stop due to lack of funds. The size of Mount Rushmore and the courage from the builders is a great inspiration for our group.
The Debt clock

F├╝hlometer (Feel-o-meter)

An interactive art installation in the German town of Lindau, which measures how much people smile in a particular area of the town. This is reflected through a smiley on top of the town's lighthouse.

The people behind

Behind the project is architects, policy makers and a good deal of people from Nest Copenhagen who all have experience with raising funds for major projects and operate their own businesses. In addition to the team, the group is currently building a strong international ambassador network which will not only make funding easier, but also award the project international press. The list of ambassadors will be announced shortly.

I want this in my city!

The Pillars is the world's first monument devoted to create national transparency for the people of Denmark. Visualizing national data points shaped into a beautiful monument consisting of multiple pillars in the heart of Copenhagen. The monument is meant to inform, inspire and empower citizens and leaders alike, to face the facts and improve the country.

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