May 14, 2008 4:53 PM
Martin Luther King - ditch the ugly statue
Panel Criticizes MLK Statue Design
By STEPHEN MANNING,AP, May 11, 2008
WASHINGTON (May 10) - The centerpiece for the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall has drawn criticism from a federal arts panel, which says the proposed statue looks "confrontational" and resembles the head of a socialist state more than a civil rights leader. '
Full story with more pictures here.
Isn't this the pits? Making our beloved Martin Luther King look like some kind of a Marxist icon?
First of all, they hired a Chinese sculptor best known for his statues of Mao Zedong. What's up with that? Second of all, they hired a Chinese sculptor best known for his states of Mao Zedong. Third of all, they hired a Chinese sculptor best known for .... well, you get the point.
Have you ever been to the National Mall - where all the memorials are? They're beautiful, serene, lovely, thought-provoking, reverent.
This jarring statue is planned to be 28 feet tall. That's right - 28 feet tall!!! Larger than the statue s of Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. It is so out of keeping with the proportion of the other memorials on the Mall, it's alarming.
I love the idea of a memorial for Martin Luther King, but they need to go back to the drawing board on this one.
And hire an American - I don't care what color his skin is. But I support those who think a black artist would be best.
The unveiling of the statute is heartbreaking. I've been waiting years for this August to see our beloved national 'Moses.' Instead there is a depiction without Martin Luther King's sagacity and with a mean surly expression on his often sad but always kind face. This is a travesty, and needs to be taken down.
Posted by: Elizabeth Liberty | August 11, 2011 4:16 PM
Besides being communist and chinese looking, as well as intimidating, he is WHITE! Everyone knows MLK was BLACK, not WHITE.
Posted by: Claude Slagenhop | August 23, 2011 4:23 PM