Imagine you’re part of a Vogue photo shoot with Michael Jackson. Tightly wrapped around his body, your sleek, shining curves catch the light and make people wonder who you are. Or rather, what you are. But that doesn’t bother you. After all, you’re a piece of art. You’re the Tangle Museum Chrome.
Michael Jackson was never one to shy away from fashion. In September 2007, while preparing for a new chapter in his career, Jackson agreed to do an exclusive photo shoot for L’Uomo Vogue, Italy’s leading fashion magazine for men. Jackson was to grace the magazine’s October cover and feature in a twenty-page spread to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his legendary album Thriller.
In preparation for the event, L’Uomo Vogue compiled 300 looks from 62 designers and 178 pairs of shoes for Jackson to choose from. Stylist Rushka Bergman selected various outfits, including one in full black. Dressing the King of Pop in a Dior Homme suit and Prada shoes, Bergman created an understated, sophisticated look that left room for Jackson’s personality.
Sharing Jackson’s spotlight was the Tangle Museum Chrome, a sleek, shiny object that Jackson wore like a boa. The eye-catching prop was a large-scale museum version of the smaller, original Tangle that American sculptor Richard Zawitz designed as a new form of sculptural art in 1981.
“Richard was looking for universality in form and symbolism and discovered a universal energy pattern in spirals and helio-concentric forms. He then decided to focus on a mission to discover a three-dimensional form anyone could relate to. This eventually led to his discovery of the Tangle (tangent angle) and its incredible energy”, the Tangle Creations website explains.
The Tangle is a piece of movable art with interconnected sections that curve at a 90-degree angle. The concept, according to Zawitz, is based on the Tibetan infinity knot. Having no beginning and no end, the infinity knot represents many concepts, such as infinite motion, infinite energy, the intertwining of all things, the circle of life, and universal harmony.
Following the success of the original Tangle, Zawitz created a larger version that he named the Tangle Museum Chrome. It expands to over two feet (0.6 metre) but weighs less than two pounds (0.8 kg) as it’s made of plastic with a chrome finish. “You can spend hours turning it into different shapes, making a striking table art display or centrepiece”, according to Zawitz.
It certainly is a centrepiece when wrapped around the King of Pop. Not to mention thatJackson knew how to work the camera. The ease with which he sported his Tangle was also reminiscent of the times when he posed with his pet snake Muscles. But as Jackson had matured in both age and style, the Tangle Museum Chrome formed a better match to his new haute couture look.
Infinity of forms
L’Uomo Vogue turned out to be one of the last magazines for which Jackson officially posed. Less than two years later, the King of Pop unexpectedly passed away. Looking back, it seems befitting that a piece of art symbolizing infinite motion and energy has become part of Jackson’s visual legacy. His moonwalk, after all, never ends.
“The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.” – Michael Jackson
© Annemarie Latour
For details and prices on the Tangle Museum Chrome, please visit the Tangle Creations website.