MILAN, March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A giant, sculpted thumbs-up appeared on Saturday in Milan, in the heart of one of the most iconic city areas, Corso Como, famous for clubbing and for style. A thumbs-up that was an unmistakable reference to the Like icon, and an evolution of a famous and controversial middle-finger statue a couple of blocks away.
Nobody knew where it came from or who the author was, but the message was clear. An inscription on top of the sculpture declares: "The only thing that matters in life is getting likes".
The statue did not go unnoticed and unleashed a huge amount of curiosity in the people passing by and they took thousands and thousands of unforgettable pictures.
As predicted a huge debate followed on social media where even some local personalities didn't miss the chance to express their point of view on the provocative message. Shortly photos of the statue went throughout the web, getting full press coverage on national news. Eventually, the statue became a MEME, turning the hashtag #LikeGigante into a national trend topic.
The conversation took place not only on digital channels: pedestrians were invited to express their opinion using an interactive board located in front of the hand giving either a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down to the message. The debate lasted two days until the thumbs-down voters won so provoking the destruction of the statue on Sunday afternoon.
And it was not any ordinary demolition: the sound of a siren spread through the square, and to a climax of music, smoke and special effects a squad clad in black broke out of the statue in Trojan Horse style.
Finally the mystery was unveiled. Inside the ruins we discover the new-born BMW X2 while a graffiti writer covers the original message by spraying a new one: "BMW X2. Break out of your conventions".
The stunt was created by M&C SAATCHI Milan for the launch of the latest BMW model, the BMW X2. A completely new car designed to change the rules of its segment, and dedicated to those who want to break out of the new pre-defined social convention of getting approval by desperately searching for Likes.
CREDITS M&C SAATCHI
Executive Creative Director e Partner: Luca Scotto di Carlo e Vincenzo Gasbarro
Deputy Creative Director: Armando Viale, Stefano Guidi
Creative Team: Roberto Ardigò, Serena Pulga, Alberto Hassane, Daniel Molinari
Production Director: Federico Fornasari
Head of Planning: Massimo Capucci
Integrated Campaign Manager: Marta Pettenuzzo
Account Director: Daria Burzoni
Digital Strategist: Irene Papa
CREDITS M&C SAATCHI PR
Managing Director: Francesca Noseda
Account and Digital Influencer Team: Anita Ottaviano, Lucrezia Bassi, Valentina Gattermayer, Chiara Rota
CREDITS UTOPIA Production Company
Director: Giovanni Fantoni Modena
1st AD: Claudio Cingoli
Director of Photography Amilcare Canali
Cinematographer: Sebastiano Tomada, Thomas Pizzinga
Photographer: Tommaso Lisca
Production Designer: Ivan Esposito
Executive Producer: Francesco di Trani
Production Manager: Giovanni La Monaca
Producer: Nicholas Grundy,
Production Team: Giorgio Massari, Luigi Dalena
Post Supervisor: Luigia Sergio, Silvia Marini
Editor Team: Manuel Savoia, Valentina Landenna, Tommaso Quartana, Andrea Besana
Compositing: Simon Gottlieb, Luca Cingolani
CLIENT BMW ITALIA
Marketing Director: Federico Izzo
Brand Communication: Manager Federica Manzoni
Advertising & Media Specialist: Alessandra Mercuri
Digital Web Communication Specialist: Riccardo Caputo
Social Media Specialist: Stefano Voltan
Contact: Francesca Noseda, +39-0236748275
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SOURCE M&C SAATCHI