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Showing posts with label MLK. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We can't even make monuments here any more

The new Martin Luther King monument in Washington DC is a monument to how far we have slipped as a country. We can't find a suitable artist here, nor even the stone to carve it from.

Martin Luther King memorial made in China

It is perhaps a fitting tribute to racial co-operation. However, the decision to outsource to China the carving of a new national memorial to Martin Luther King has raised eyebrows in the United States.

The 30ft-tall statue, which forms the centrepiece of a $120 million (£73 million), four-acre memorial to Dr King, opened to the public on Monday on the National Mall in Washington. It is the only memorial on the Mall that does not honour a president or fallen soldiers.
Standing in the shadow of the Washington Monument, the statue shows Dr King emerging from a mountain of Chinese granite with his arms crossed and is called The Stone of Hope.
However, there has been controversy over the choice of Lei Yixin, a 57-year-old master sculptor from Changsha in Hunan province, to carry out the work. Critics have openly asked why a black, or at least an American, artist was not chosen and even remarked that Dr King appears slightly Asian in Mr Lei's rendering.
The Associated Press article mentions the Chinese sculptor, but misses the bit about Chinese manufacture and materials. A slight omission...