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A design competition launched by websites Archinect and Bustle to come up with a fitting memorial for pop star Michael Jackson has attracted 158 entries from all over the world, including three designs of an island to be built off Dubai.\n
By zsuzsanna (Vienna-Budapest)\n
Dubai has been the place of architectural miracles, whose achievements are visible even from outer Space. None of the existing constructions will, however, be comparable in monumentality to the new Jackson islands. With a size of 10 by 15km, the islands are formed after the lines of Michael Jackson’s face. His face, an enclosed bay, is turning towards the continent. Unlike all the other islands in Dubai, these ones are artificial hills, reaching a peak of 3,776 metres (the height of the Fuji Mount).
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The King of Pop\n
By Steven Ward (Louisville)\n
In tribute to Michael Jackson, Dubai’s most spectacular artificial island development to date will capture Jackson’s signature pose in profile. From the tip of The Palm Jumeirah development, The King of Pop will extend an additional 25km into the Gulf, adding hundreds of kilometres of new shoreline to the Dubai waterfront and thousands of opportunities for Jackson’s legacy to inspire exciting new residential, leisure and entertainment centers in a variety of settings.
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By eigenvectors (NYC)\n
Michael Jackson’s iconic dance moves are recognisable as the earth’s map or a palm tree. The Michael Jackson Memorial Island would be placed off the coast of Dubai next to the other man made islands. The island would include an airport, hotel, amusement parks, and many ranches.
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Fountain of Youth - The Michael Jackson Memorial\n
By Shakeel (UK)\n
The Fountain of Youth memorial is a design that would be built within a park and create a quite and vibrant place for people to gather. It is a fun and interactive memorial which comes to life at sunset with its glow.\n
This memorial would be best located in his hometown of Indiana, although it could be places in other locations such as the Neverland Ranch or places the family would feel that are best suited.\n
The design starts with a narrow walkway to signify a journey (and ends with a wider walkway across the other side of the podium.
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TOP OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY\n
By mara (Serbia)\n
My idea was inspired by Michael’s video ‘Black or White’, when he appears standing at the of the Statue of liberty. The idea was to have a sculpture standing just like in the video, so that Michael’s monument becomes the whole Statue of liberty.\n
There are two main arguments of this idea: The first is the symbolic value of the Statue of Liberty which lies in ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, democracy and opportunity. There is no person in our popular culure that represents these values as Michael Jackson did.
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Mt. Rushmore – Extension\n
By cdbureau (London)\n
Could an extension be added to Mount Rushmore National Memorial? This time be it not a political representative but none less important a cultural leader of his time and one that has and will influence global generations. This would alter the ‘face’ of Mt. Rushmore changing it from a patriotic cultural excursion to embodying it with universal appeal for a universal audience.