P. L. T. (Pretty Large Thing)

It’s Live Forever: The Michael Jackson Monument Competition, and here’s the pitch:

While the music and images Michael left us will seal his cultural immortality, we are still obliged to commemorate him. What is the nature of a monument to Michael Jackson? What single place do we choose to remember a person who touched the globe and had aspirations for the moon?

What is the appropriate scale to remember a man who operated on everything possible — from the studied renovation of his own human form to the creation of an architectural-scale Wunderkammer at Neverland Ranch? What design proposal can top his own unrealized plans to construct a 50-foot robotic replica of himself that roams the Las Vegas desert shooting laser beams out of its eyes?

Live Forever challenges you to design a monument to the epic that was Michael Jackson. There are no limits to this open competition. Your monument may be located anywhere you choose and be any scale that you deem appropriate.

Well, there are some limits: you have to be able to fit it into a 72-dpi PNG at 3000 x 2000 pixels, and you have to submit it by the 22nd of August.

Aside: Good word, “epic.” It would make a heck of a name for a record label, in fact.

(Tweeted by Virginia Postrel.)


  1. Jeffro »

    9 August 2009 · 2:27 pm

    What I’d consider wouldn’t be appropriate here.

  2. McGehee »

    9 August 2009 · 4:50 pm

    How about a sale sign: “Boys’ Pants Half Off”…?

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