The 9 HIStory Statues by Derek Howarth

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Love them or hate them, I've always had a fascination with those 9 huge HIStory statues by British sculptor Derek Howarth (modelled after Diana Walczak's original sculpture). Simply for the fact that it was such an epic promotional stunt to see them displayed and moved around the world.

One thing I wonder is, what is the full list of European countries that had a statue set up in June 1995 for the release of the HIStory album. Several reports from that time mention 9 statues being put up all over Europe.

The one on the River Thames in London probably being the most reported one:


Then there's the one in Berlin that I saw myself:



At that time in June 1995, which countries had the other 7 statues? And where did they go?
Any videos / photos? :)
 
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Re: The 9 HIStory statues in Europe (June 1995)

This has got to be one of the biggest marketing campaigns anyone ever pulled off. It's crazy when you think about it, this was '95!
 

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Re: The 9 HIStory statues in Europe (June 1995)

I wonder why Michael used his Dangerous Tour outfit on HIStory album cover?
 

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Re: The 9 HIStory statues in Europe (June 1995)

There was also one in Prague:

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And one in Holland:

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Re: The 9 HIStory statues in Europe (June 1995)

The statue in Prague was installed later, on 3rd September 1996 to promote the first HIStory concert there.
In June 1995 it must have been somewhere else.

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It was dismantled on 8th September, the morning after the concert, maybe to travel along the HIStory tour.
Some photos I made there:

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Seems only a few were displayed for a longer bit of time at the initial June 1995 place before travelling on or ending up in funny places.

The Berlin one was up on that buildings roof (at least) over a month.
Installed 17th June. My shaky video recorded 25th July 1995:

 
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Re: The 9 HIStory statues in Europe (June 1995)

Before being placed in Milan the same statue was in Riccione (Italy)... It was unveiled on June 30th 1995

Nice, never seen this. Thanks!
Do you know where exactly it was placed? And how long it stayed there? Or any other infos about it?





Seems the statue that appeared in Sydney, Australia in November 1996 was the one from Prague.

"...8 meter statue flown in from Prague..."
https://youtu.be/ka4VTVd2lZE?t=95

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Was this in Melbourne?:
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Re: The 9 HIStory statues in Europe (June 1995)

Nice, never seen this. Thanks!
Do you know where exactly it was placed? And how long it stayed there? Or any other infos about it?
Sorry, I made a mistake. I'm not sure if it's the same statue or another one, I can't find any info or reason about it being moved from Milan to a smaller and less known city.

For sure these are the dates when they were placed:
Milan on June 15th 1995
Riccione on June 30th 1995

In Milan it was at Acquatica waterpark and in Riccione it was at Aquafan waterpark.

This source says it stayed in Riccione for all the summertime.
And it lists some other cities where it was placed (London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Zurich, Amsterdam, Vienna)
http://www1.adnkronos.com/Archivio/...DOMANI-A-RICCIONE-ARRIVA-LA-STATUA_141900.php
 
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Re: The 9 HIStory statues in Europe (June 1995)

This has got to be one of the biggest marketing campaigns anyone ever pulled off. It's crazy when you think about it, this was '95!

Ture. i don't know how anyone can pull this off today.
 

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MJRemixed;4297659 said:
This has got to be one of the biggest marketing campaigns anyone ever pulled off. It's crazy when you think about it, this was '95!

Sony spent a lot of money for the HIStory promotional campaign mainly because they wanted to replace him emphatically in the entertainment world after the huge damage that he had underwent due to the allegations against him few years earlier.

Also, Somy believed in the strong potential of the ‘HIStory’ album (in terms of sales), so they thought that they would easily recoup later these millions of money (that they invested on that promotional campaign) through the estimated high sales of the album which was also priced as a double disc album meaning a higher retail price and thus even higher revenues for the company from its sales.

Galactus123;4297660 said:
I wonder why Michael used his Dangerous Tour outfit on HIStory album cover?

Michael Jackson and Sony wanted to use his opening ‘Jam’ pose and outfit (from the Dangerous Tour) for the creation of the HIStory Statue.

Also, Michael Jackson wanted to be dressed in his trademark faux military jacket with epaulets (along with the leotard) because that was also his favourite on stage outfit that people were also very familiar with.

So, he posed with that particular outfit for the photo shoot which would serve as the basis of the creation of the HIStory Statue.
 

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Re: The 9 HIStory statues in Europe (June 1995)

Sony spent a lot of money for the HIStory promotional campaign mainly because they wanted to replace him emphatically in the entertainment world after the huge damage that he had underwent due to the allegations against him few years earlier.

The UK press found it very distasteful at the time.
 

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Jackson Rules;4297869 said:
Sorry, I made a mistake. I'm not sure if it's the same statue or another one, I can't find any info or reason about it being moved from Milan to a smaller and less known city.

For sure these are the dates when they were placed:
Milan on June 15th 1995
Riccione on June 30th 1995

In Milan it was at Acquatica waterpark and in Riccione it was at Aquafan waterpark.

This source says it stayed in Riccione for all the summertime.
And it lists some other cities where it was placed (London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Zurich, Amsterdam, Vienna)
http://www1.adnkronos.com/Archivio/...DOMANI-A-RICCIONE-ARRIVA-LA-STATUA_141900.php

Thanks!
It's likely the same statue.



mj_frenzy;4297935 said:
Michael Jackson and Sony wanted to use his opening ‘Jam’ pose and outfit (from the Dangerous Tour) for the creation of the HIStory Statue.

Also, Michael Jackson wanted to be dressed in his trademark faux military jacket with epaulets (along with the leotard) because that was also his favourite on stage outfit that people were also very familiar with.

So, he posed with that particular outfit for the photo shoot which would serve as the basis of the creation of the HIStory Statue.

Captain Obvious strikes again. :D

But. There doesn't seem to have been a plan from the start to go with that exact black 4-belt outfit for the statue design. The initial idea Michael seems to have had, was only about "a statue". Then some designer developed rough ideas:

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...and as you can see there, Michael decided for the version that resembles the sparkly blue 2-belt 'Jam' jacket outfit, and things evolved from there. In the end they likely used the black 4-belt outfit instead, because it was more suitable to turn into a stone-like statue.
 
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Re: The 9 HIStory statues in Europe (June 1995)

The River Thames UK statue went to Japan.
It first appeared there in Toyko for a presentation on 15th September 1995 at the Tokyo Dome...

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...then (30th September) transported to Kobe, a region that had suffered a massive earthquake earlier in 1995.

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(Above infos and photos by Liko Tokuda, who ran the Japanese "Moonwalk" fanclub.)



In Kobe's "Port Pierland" amusement park, 21. December 1995:

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Re: The 9 HIStory statues in Europe (June 1995)

I wonder why Michael used his Dangerous Tour outfit on HIStory album cover?

I think it was because it was meaning to the last album he release. i know he did samething with the dangerous album cover with his eyes being a target just like the Bad album. :)

it's hard to explain but i guess it was like some kind of universe all in one that represent him. :)
 

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Re: The 9 HIStory statues in Europe (June 1995)

Sony spent a lot of money for the HIStory promotional campaign mainly because they wanted to replace him emphatically in the entertainment world after the huge damage that he had underwent due to the allegations against him few years earlier.

I agree with this. that was a great comeback. Michael knew what he was doing. :D
 

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As to 'where are they now', there is a statue at 'Santarama Miniland' in Johannesburg, S Africa:

MICHAEL JACKSON HISTORY STATUE
151 Rossettenville Road, Johannesburg, 2190

One of the remaining HIStory promo statues of Michael Jackson stands in children’s park Santarama Miniland in Johannesburg, South Africa. The park was originally owned by South African National Tuberculosis Association (SANTA). After the completion of HIStory Tour in South Africa in 1997, Michael donated this promotional statue to SANTA to add to their park in order to help raise funds for tuberculosis sufferers. In 2012, local fans have restored the base of the statue and planted new grass around it.

https://theworldremembers.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/south-africa/


This one has had a bit of a repaint:

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Last year (2019), one of the statues was put up for sale in Austria (article auto-translated from German):

Michael Jackson statue of the cult disco Baby `O

Anyone who has space for the 10 meter tall pop icon made of metal and plastic now has the opportunity to buy it. Franz Zika sells the Baby'O emblem in a bidding process via Facebook.

The Michael Jackson statue was created as part of the "History Tour" in England in 1995, it is one of nine copies worldwide that have been set up in public areas.

The figure originally stood at SCS in the Mödling district, Baby'O owner Franz Zika acquired it in 1998 through a live auction on the radio station Ö3. The proceeds of the telephone auction were then donated to the Red Cross Austria.

The transport to the Judenau disco was just as exciting as the stories that played safely at their feet. Since the Baby `O will be closed in July 2020, apartments are to be built on the site, the statue is now being sold. Anyone who is interested can contact Franz Zika by email:

Minimum price: 30,000 euros

https://www.noen.at/tulln/judenau-m...-michael-jackson-statue-franz-zika-164951770#

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Yes, the Austrian one had a funny place there for over 20 years.





Google Maps still shows it there, but the image is probably not up to date.
 
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