David Shrigley has created a monument to Michael Jacksons Former pet chimp Bubbles. It's been made as part of Elmgreen & Dragnet's public art project "A Space Called Public / Hoffentlich Öffentlich," and Shrigley explains what sparked it off here:
"I wanted to make something that was quite site-specific and a bit different than what I’ve done before. I found out about this shrine for Michael Jackson, which is something you might not expect to find in a place like Munich and is also quite a loaded thing. The shrine appropriates a statue of a 16th-century Franco-Flemish composer, Orlando di Lasso, outside the Bayerische Hof hotel, where Michael Jackson stayed at some point. I guess it was the only real touchstone his fans had with which to make a shrine. There’s all this kitschy fan art and flowers and candles on the statue. It was quite lavish upon his death but it’s still there, and there’s someone who still takes care of it. When I was looking at the shrine, I started thinking about bubbles and wondering what happened to him. I did a bit of research and found out that Bubbles is still alive. He lives in Florida in a sanctuary called the Center for Great Apes."
You can find out more about the project, including Shrigley's response to some Michael Jackson fans who were upset by the shrine to bubble here: