The late Michael Jackson has been honored by his loyal Chinese fans this month with the erection of a tribute statue in his honor. As I understand it, a group of fans raised the money themselves to fund the statue’s creation … and earlier this month, it was put in place as a lasting tribute to the late King of Pop — the first MJ statue in China!
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. Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles. His death triggered an outpouring of grief and tributes worldwide.
Considering how huge China is I’m surprised that this is the first Michael Jackson statue in their country. That said, I love that it was his Chinese fans who took matters into their own hands to commission the creation of this statue. Sculptor Zhenkang did a fantastic job with this tribute. I’m certain that MJ fans from around the world will flock to China to see this statue in person. Well done, China ;D0