#1 Martin Luther King Memorial Made in China
08-23-2011, 03:21 PM
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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.
08-23-2011, 04:07 PM
Personally, I think it's kind of ugly. I've been to the MLK museum in Atlanta, which is awesome and includes Ebenezeer Baptist Church on the site.
I think there is only one place suitable for such a large statue of MLK-Stone Mountain, GA, right next to the confederate memorial.
08-24-2011, 03:25 PMeven remarked that Dr King appears slightly Asian in Mr Lei's rendering.There's no way you can trust her. Her missile is gigantic
08-24-2011, 04:11 PMSolve a man's problem with violence and help him for a day. Teach a man how to solve his problems with violence, help him for a lifetime - Belkar Bitterleaf
08-24-2011, 04:16 PM
Why would someone have to be black to do it? I thought King was all about equality. I'd bet he wouldn't have cared who did it.In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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