The Czech Republic is suffering from extremely cold weather but Michael fans there have taken the opportunity to use the cold to create an ice sculpture of Michael.
Professional sculptor Daniela Kartáková is from the group behind the statue, Project Heal the World. She said when interviewed about the sculpture; “Around ten of us participated in the creation of the statue. There were a couple of professional sculptors who worked together with ordinary fans. The most time-consuming part was finding the ice. When we realised we’d need to have ice made we contacted a firm in Černošice, who very kindly gave it to us for free.”
The ice statue takes the form of a bust and is apparently meant to portray Michael as he looked in 1996 when he performed at Prague’s Letná plain. At this time he had a thirty-five foot tall statue temporarily erected on Letná, directly across the river from where he was staying at Hotel Intercontinental.
Now, fourteen years after he played in Prague and eight months after his death, Project Heal the World and the Czech Michael Jackson fan club have plans for a permanent memorial to their hero in the Czech capital.
“There are different views of what the memorial to Michael should look like. One suggestion is a bust, because he liked things that looked official, he was the king, so we’d like to create something he himself would like. He’d be in one of his nice regal jackets on a column, like those that Roman victors stood on. He liked real quality, so it should be of some durable material, like bronze. But we won’t say where it should be erected until the project wins approval.”