Michael Jackson HIStory statue

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One of the HIStory statues, at McDonald's, Best, Netherlands
Artist Diana Walczak
Year 1994
Type sculpture

The Michael Jackson HIStory statue is a sculpture of Michael Jackson created in 1994 by Diana Walczak[1][2] that became the basis for the cover image of Jackson's album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I as well as the basis for large temporary statues to market the album and the 1996 HIStory World Tour.[3] Jackson's vision was to appear as a giant statue on the album cover. Walczak sculpted the original statue with a monumental look.[4] The sculpture was then digitized, lit, and rendered by her computer animation and visual effects company, Kleiser-Walczak Construction Co., into the HIStory album cover.[5]

To promote the HIStory tour, 30 feet (9.1 m) tall versions of the statue were built. One built out of plaster and wood was placed atop the Los Angeles Tower Records shop.[6] For the European promotion, ten replicas were built across three months by a team of 30 people out of steel and fiberglass, weighing an estimated 20,000 pounds (9,100 kg). Among its locations, one was towed down London's River Thames, another was lowered by cranes in front of Alexanderplatz in Berlin,[7] others were at landmarks such as the Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Gallerie di Piazza Scala in Milan,[8] and the one at tour starter Prague was erected using the pedestal of the destroyed Stalin Monument.[9] During the tour's 1996 stop at the Netherlands, Jackson donated the Dutch statue to the Ronald McDonald House Charity that was under construction in Eindhoven. Said statue was then part of a beneficent auction, being purchased by the owner of McDonald's Best, Peter Van Gelder. It stands on the McDonald's Best parking lot to date, becoming a gathering point to Jackson fans following his death in 2009.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Michael Jackson". ktu.com. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Kleiser-Walczak was founded by directors Jeff Kleiser and Diana". ballisticpublishing.com. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  3. ^ Lecocq, Richard (2011). Michael Jackson KING (1st ed.). Paris, France: Publibook. pp. 229–235.
  4. ^ Greaves, Pez (August 2013). "Diana Walczak & Jeff Kleiser Interview". Mjvibe's Iconic Magazine (12): 12–15. External link in |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Michael Jackson Sculpture". synthespianstudios.net. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  6. ^ Jackson's Fans Turn Out to Get Their Own Piece of 'HIStory'
  7. ^ 1995: Michael Jackson Builds a Monument to Michael Jackson
  9. ^ Michael Jackson Kicks Off `History' Tour In Prague
  10. ^ Michael Jackson zette ook Nederland op z'n kop (in Dutch)
  11. ^ The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Archived 2015-04-21 at Archive.is