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Pooka Fey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 08:15 AM
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71. The choice of a Chinese sculptor for this project is Incredibly Bad Taste
and here's why: It is normal for the artists/artisans of a particular country to celebrate their own National Heros in their artwork. Martin Luther King, Jr. is right up there with Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. That this project was "outsourced" to China is appalling in general, and during the worst economic slump since the great Depression, when so many Americans need work, it both outrageous and unacceptable.

Artistic creation isn't only about this or that sculptor's talent with the hammer and chisel. It's about WHO HE IS and what is in his heart; and those factors are determined to a very large degree by his/her culture. The fact that they brought in Chinese slave labor to complete the work is just another way for The EMPIRE to rub American artists and artisans' nose in the shit.

That's why dozens of posters on this thread have mentioned that this depiction of MLK looks like Chairman Mao or a Totalitarian, arms crossed, etc. Americans DO have a particular and recognizable body language. However, they hired someone who grew up in a foreign cultural context, and someone who would not be well qualified to bring to life that particular American essence from stone.

Like another poster on this thread stated, the excuse about Americans not knowing how to work with large stones is just BULLSHIT to the infinite degree. I can't believe the journalist in attendance didn't immediately ask about how on earth the Mount Rushmore sculptures came into existence.

This is just another example to me of how THE EMPIRE can take a good idea, and turn it into utter shit bringing that idea into existence. Maybe some future generation will have the good sense to remove this insult to MLK and America from the public sphere, and start over again from square one using American artists of all races, and Union stone-workers-same deal. That would be something respectful of MLK's legacy. I won't hold my breath.

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  -MLK Jr. Memorial Statue Completed Using Unpaid Chinese Laborers DeSwiss  Aug-26-11 08:36 PM   #0 
  - A travesty, especially considering how King died:  indurancevile   Aug-26-11 09:06 PM   #1 
  - America:  DeSwiss   Aug-26-11 09:19 PM   #2 
  - And a travesty how that statue turned out. No personality, & the arms folded as if he's in a casket  Raschel   Aug-26-11 11:25 PM   #15 
     - +1000% ---  defendandprotect   Aug-27-11 12:17 AM   #20 
     - looks kind of like mao. not so much like king.  indurancevile   Aug-27-11 12:44 AM   #23 
     - Egads!  NBachers   Aug-27-11 01:29 AM   #26 
     - this is the photo the sculptor worked from:  indurancevile   Aug-27-11 03:56 AM   #35 
     - He looks pissed off  Confusious   Aug-27-11 04:16 AM   #36 
     - Yeah. I think it's sad. He wanted people to come together after all.  Fearless   Aug-27-11 03:26 PM   #51 
     - I see the resemblance to King, but it does make him look like a military figure. (the King statue)  Raschel   Aug-27-11 01:05 PM   #46 
     - Oriental- looking eyes? n/t  rabs   Aug-27-11 01:55 AM   #28 
     - Artistic vision and taste is variable....  DeSwiss   Aug-27-11 02:42 AM   #31 
  - Beyond Shameful  JJW   Aug-26-11 09:29 PM   #3 
  - MLK quote on economic exploitation  Necronomiconomics   Aug-26-11 09:34 PM   #4 
  - You people will find fault with anything...  Butch350   Aug-26-11 09:39 PM   #5 
  - Maybe if they had asked us to build their statue of Mao.....  DeSwiss   Aug-26-11 09:50 PM   #6 
  - Yeah I find fault with slave labor. I just think MLK would have too... wonder why.  Fearless   Aug-26-11 10:29 PM   #8 
  - Do you think if they had been offered a decent wage they  NYC Liberal   Aug-26-11 10:33 PM   #10 
  - They supposedly raised $120 million for the memorial. who got the money?  indurancevile   Aug-26-11 10:56 PM   #13 
  - So you're saying, we DON'T need to fill skilled (even temporary) jobs here in the United States?  Hissyspit   Aug-27-11 12:04 AM   #17 
  - "You people", eh?  Bluebear   Aug-27-11 01:22 AM   #25 
  - upaid laborers = slaves.  alarimer   Aug-28-11 08:15 AM   #70 
  - This is exactly why we can't have nice things. n/t k/r  the_chinuk   Aug-26-11 10:20 PM   #7 
  - Wasn't there a story of another free statue...  izquierdista   Aug-26-11 10:32 PM   #9 
  - Exactly.  mahina   Aug-28-11 01:11 AM   #69 
  - I have to wonder what Dr. King would think of a memorial that costs this much - for anyone.  VPStoltz   Aug-26-11 10:35 PM   #11 
  - I think he'd ask where the $120 million went, if the workers didn't get paid.  indurancevile   Aug-26-11 10:58 PM   #14 
     - +1 Brazillion  undeterred   Aug-28-11 08:24 AM   #72 
  - How many posts until someone blames Obama? nt  msanthrope   Aug-26-11 10:37 PM   #12 
  - Hey, IF Obama had anything to do with this statue... then he deserves blame ... meanwhile ....  defendandprotect   Aug-27-11 12:08 AM   #19 
  - +1  Fearless   Aug-27-11 03:24 PM   #50 
  - At least 25.  girl gone mad   Aug-27-11 01:30 AM   #27 
  - Any president takes credit for anything good on his shift and goes  24601   Aug-28-11 09:05 AM   #73 
  - Well now that you mention him  JJW   Aug-26-11 11:57 PM   #16 
  - Apparently not.  DeSwiss   Aug-27-11 02:22 AM   #30 
     - Nothing calculated about that photo. No sirrreee.  No Elephants   Aug-27-11 12:21 PM   #43 
  - Memorial cost $120 million ... and evidently high corporate presence on panel ....!!!  defendandprotect   Aug-27-11 12:06 AM   #18 
  - Ah, that explains the Soviet era look to the 'work'  Bluenorthwest   Aug-27-11 06:03 PM   #59 
  - This is just shameful. n/t  bluedigger   Aug-27-11 12:28 AM   #21 
  - It seems like everything is wrong these days  daleo   Aug-27-11 12:39 AM   #22 
  - K & R  orbitalman   Aug-27-11 12:47 AM   #24 
  - It's only a nod to tradition. Washington, D. C. was built by slaves.  No Elephants   Aug-27-11 02:10 AM   #29 
  - How long will it be before some racist M.F., presenting himself as an overwrought "patriot"  Judi Lynn   Aug-27-11 02:50 AM   #32 
  - what? you're saying criticism of the sculpture or the use of unpaid chinese labor = racist?  indurancevile   Aug-27-11 03:16 AM   #34 
  - I think it's an Asian looking version of MLK. And it's not a good likeness over all. The distance  pam4water   Aug-27-11 03:06 AM   #33 
  - actually, now that i've cruised the net for sculptures of mlk, this actually is one of the best.  indurancevile   Aug-27-11 05:34 AM   #38 
  - +1 . It looks very military to me and not a good likeness.  Raschel   Aug-27-11 01:08 PM   #47 
  - After long struggle, MLK has home on National Mall (comments from people who KNEW him.)  Judi Lynn   Aug-27-11 04:35 AM   #37 
  - Well, it should fit right in with the White House then  Le Taz Hot   Aug-27-11 07:01 AM   #39 
  - I think they should have had a brother do the statue.  Raschel   Aug-27-11 01:12 PM   #48 
  - Yes, the U.S.'s underlying theme is irony.  Kind of Blue   Aug-27-11 07:44 AM   #40 
  - "Maybe we should clean up our own house and take the beam from our own eyes,"  No Elephants   Aug-27-11 12:26 PM   #44 
     - As I stated previously, all of it, from old monuments  Kind of Blue   Aug-27-11 12:51 PM   #45 
  - Unpaid Chinese Laborers? FREE LABOR?? You mean, like, SLAVES?  Pooka Fey   Aug-27-11 11:31 AM   #41 
  - K&R n/t  OhioChick   Aug-27-11 11:50 AM   #42 
  - MLK encased in Carbonite  christx30   Aug-27-11 02:25 PM   #49 
  - Once again:  in_cog_ni_to   Aug-27-11 03:35 PM   #52 
  - More to the story  xloadiex   Aug-27-11 03:51 PM   #53 
  - Never too late to add the facts, xloadiex. Thank you!  Judi Lynn   Aug-27-11 03:55 PM   #54 
  - +1 --  defendandprotect   Aug-27-11 04:20 PM   #55 
  - + 1  Pooka Fey   Aug-27-11 04:22 PM   #56 
  - What bullshit.  Bluenorthwest   Aug-27-11 06:10 PM   #60 
  - It was so exciting when they transported Mt. Rushmore to the mall, wasn't it?  Judi Lynn   Aug-27-11 08:35 PM   #63 
  - It's a work of art. And Lei Yixin is absolutely a genius in his own right.  Major Hogwash   Aug-27-11 07:04 PM   #61 
  - It's a crappy statue by an untalented hack.  provis99   Aug-27-11 04:36 PM   #57 
  - Clearly we should have hired the sculptors of Big Butter Jesus...  hunter   Aug-27-11 05:59 PM   #58 
  - Wow, you've chosen "Touchdown Jesus of the Lake!" Superb.  Judi Lynn   Aug-27-11 08:42 PM   #65 
  - Plus it is hideous.  mahina   Aug-27-11 08:09 PM   #62 
  - That's not what those who knew him, and his family say about the statue.  Judi Lynn   Aug-27-11 08:37 PM   #64 
  - I am not saying that Dr. King should not have a memorial.  mahina   Aug-28-11 01:10 AM   #68 
  - Take some sculpting classes and show them up. n/t  ClosureHasCome   Aug-27-11 09:12 PM   #66 
     - Welcome to DU.  mahina   Aug-28-11 01:05 AM   #67 
  - The choice of a Chinese sculptor for this project is Incredibly Bad Taste  Pooka Fey   Aug-28-11 08:15 AM   #71 

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