Yesterday did not only ring in 2011, but provided another triuphant image towards Michael’s legacy. In China yesterday, the unveiling of Michael’s statue brightened his family and his fans’ hearts all around the world.
“Loyal Chinese fans of the late “King of Pop” Michael Jackson have donated 158,000 yuan ($23,000) to erect the first bronze statue of their idol in China.
This project has been approved by the local government and will be completed and installed on January 1, 2011, said Huang Zhenhui, the head of the project. The statue will stand in Guangzhou Sculpture Park in Guangzhou City, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province.
Huang said they will hold a ceremony on the inaugural day and raise money for charities, which will spread Jackson’s message of love.
“I’m thrilled to see our dreams will finally come true,” Huang said.
Famous sculptor Lu Zhenkang has been designing the statue.”
Indeed, the statue placed smiles in the hearts of many; the statue will help raise money for a charity, topping things off nicely.
As for the less obvious significance of the 1/1/11 and the unveiling, check out Seven’s amazingly insightful piece on the meaning behind the symbolism in yesterday’s unveiling. http://www.mj-777.com/?p=6851
Apparently the fans in China awaiting the unveiling had quite the surprise. It seems a curious and mischevious wind had a mind of its own and aided in the early unveiling of the statue. Certainly something (or someone) was acknowleging and thanking.
“The statue was unveiled accidentally. It was originally scheduled to be unveiled on 2011.1.1 at 11.11am. When one of the guests was speaking, suddenly a strong wind blew away the red boxes (the “dream boxes”) which hide the statue. The crowd caught in surprise were screaming while watching the boxes collapsed and “MJ emerged from within”. Some fans cried witnessing this happened before their eyes. Then, the guest speaker said, “You see, MJ himself couldn’t hold on and stand out in front of us”. It was also confirmed later by the organizer that the “unveil” wasn’t pre-planned. Anyway, the fans were glad that the act of the wind seems perfect. It blew away all the boxes except leaving “a big wall behind Michael’s back”.”