Steven Ward of Louisville proposes a 25km long profile of MJ’s signature moonwalk profile as a new artificial island development extending from the tip of the Palm Jumeirah, creating “thousands of opportunities for Jackson’s legacy to inspire exciting new residential, leisure and entertainment centers in a variety of settings.”
Almost identically, New York’s Eigenvectors have applied the very same pose of MJ to the aerial view of Dubai, opening up huge new areas of development that they suggest would “include an airport, amusement parks, and many ranches.”
The Jackson Islands scheme by entrant Zsuzsanna deploys a high-contrast profile of the legend, creating mountains, residential districts and green fields surrounding a large lake spotted with islands in the shape of Michael’s facial features.
Despite the tenuous connection between Michael Jackson and land reclamation projects in the Gulf, each entry highlights Dubai as a place of unbounded possibility - perhaps it is the only place that projects like this could ever come to fruition?
Thanks to the Crane Country blog over at The National for picking this up and also drawing our attention to Michael Jackson’s visit to Nakheel back in 2005. Photos from Nakheel - the real estate development company behind the major land reclamation projects in Dubai - show Michael inspecting a model of ‘The World’. So much for a tenuous connection, these bizarre proposals are almost starting to look contextual.