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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-11 02:15 PM
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22. It may be the worst memorial in DC
I tend to agree with Maya Angelou's take on it. It's a terrible tribute that does nothing to inform visitors about the man. It blatantly misquotes him to make him sound arrogant, and presents his image in a style that is normally associated with communists like Lenin and Mao. I doubt that was unintentional.

They should pull it down and start over.
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  -Who decided to get the MLK statue made in China? Alameda  Aug-31-11 01:13 PM   #0 
  - Alaska is planning to put up a made-in-China bridge, too.  Blue_In_AK   Aug-31-11 01:20 PM   #1 
  - Disgraceful....my father worked on the SF Bay Bridge...and  Alameda   Aug-31-11 06:40 PM   #58 
  - I really want to know who approved it? We need to dig around.  Alameda   Sep-01-11 11:21 AM   #92 
  - YOU ARE KIDDING!  marions ghost   Aug-31-11 01:22 PM   #2 
  - And they would have done a better job also. To me, the statue  Booster   Aug-31-11 01:49 PM   #9 
  - No it doesn't capture him at all  marions ghost   Aug-31-11 02:00 PM   #14 
  - Has a totalitarian feel to it. Very disturbing piece.  Safetykitten   Aug-31-11 02:05 PM   #20 
     - yeah  marions ghost   Aug-31-11 02:19 PM   #23 
     - The Sculptor specializes in statues of Chairman Mao  JPZenger   Aug-31-11 04:09 PM   #40 
     - To me, quite frankly, if one didn't know him  Cherchez la Femme   Sep-01-11 11:24 AM   #93 
  - As an artist, I do not like it. I was shocked when I first saw it.  glinda   Aug-31-11 02:14 PM   #21 
  - I don't think it's America, it's "what" special interests doing this?  Alameda   Aug-31-11 05:40 PM   #52 
  - Is that a true claim? MLK statue made in China?? Seriously? nt  Parker CA   Aug-31-11 01:24 PM   #3 
  - Yep, Chinese granite  xxqqqzme   Aug-31-11 01:35 PM   #8 
     - "It was assembled in the US." True--BY IMPORTED CHINESE WORKERS!  Romulox   Aug-31-11 01:55 PM   #10 
     - For Free -- no charge, n'est ce' pas?  Cherchez la Femme   Sep-01-11 11:26 AM   #95 
     - So much for the granite state of New Hampshire.  Life Long Dem   Sep-01-11 10:25 AM   #85 
  - From what I've read the Chinese worker's did it for free. If that is the case,  snagglepuss   Aug-31-11 01:25 PM   #4 
  - I was also wondering who actually got the money  DaveJ   Aug-31-11 02:01 PM   #15 
  - nothing is free!  Alameda   Aug-31-11 02:04 PM   #18 
  - Greatest page for you!  yellerpup   Aug-31-11 01:27 PM   #5 
  - "Parts from China did not build America and make her great." Actual Chinese laborers, however, did:  WinkyDink   Aug-31-11 02:02 PM   #16 
  - No argument here.  yellerpup   Aug-31-11 04:51 PM   #45 
  - Not a good model for either American or Chinese workers, going forward. nt  Romulox   Sep-01-11 11:25 AM   #94 
  - Yes, yellerpup, it's a real disgrace! What would FDR have done?  Alameda   Aug-31-11 03:48 PM   #33 
  - I have nothing against the Chinese, either.  yellerpup   Aug-31-11 04:53 PM   #46 
  - "Parts from China did not build America and make her great"  jberryhill   Aug-31-11 04:02 PM   #36 
     - Immigrants were exploited as laborers  yellerpup   Aug-31-11 04:56 PM   #47 
  - I think MLK is weeping in heaven right now.  Jmaxfie1   Aug-31-11 01:31 PM   #6 
  - that explains why it looks like chairman Mao  rfranklin   Aug-31-11 01:33 PM   #7 
  - It DOES look like Mao  marions ghost   Aug-31-11 01:57 PM   #12 
     - They never get the Occidental eyes right.  WinkyDink   Aug-31-11 02:03 PM   #17 
     - MLK wasn't Occidental  jmowreader   Aug-31-11 06:56 PM   #59 
     - dupe  marions ghost   Aug-31-11 02:42 PM   #28 
  - I've never seen anything as symbolic of our time as this statue--  Romulox   Aug-31-11 01:57 PM   #11 
  - ditto  marions ghost   Aug-31-11 01:58 PM   #13 
  - I think the statue is very unattractive. It has a cold feel to it.  former9thward   Aug-31-11 02:04 PM   #19 
  - It may be the worst memorial in DC  Xithras   Aug-31-11 02:15 PM   #22 
     - "pull it down"? Seriously?  godai   Aug-31-11 03:27 PM   #31 
        - The sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial obviously was much more skilled.  Romulox   Aug-31-11 03:48 PM   #34 
        - My comparison is of facial expressions, not sculptor expertise. n/t  godai   Aug-31-11 05:00 PM   #49 
           - Right. The MLK sculpture is of much lower quality than that of Lincoln.  Romulox   Sep-01-11 07:47 AM   #80 
              - Amazing that you can read the minds of the Lincoln Memorial's sculptors.  godai   Sep-01-11 09:32 AM   #82 
                 - We are judging the *SCULPTURE*, not the thoughts of the *sculptor*  Romulox   Sep-01-11 10:21 AM   #83 
                    - See post 49. n/t  godai   Sep-01-11 10:38 AM   #86 
                       - See the definition of a "discussion forum".  Romulox   Sep-01-11 10:41 AM   #88 
                       - MLK's face is frowning and he is squinting  Alameda   Sep-01-11 11:04 AM   #89 
                          - Look at MLK's suit compared to Lincoln's. It ain't just the face that's poorly rendered!  Romulox   Sep-01-11 11:11 AM   #90 
                             - I hate to say this, but my fist thought on seeing it was it looked like  polly7   Sep-01-11 11:28 AM   #96 
        - Yes. Seriously.  Xithras   Aug-31-11 04:41 PM   #42 
           - $120M spent. No money remains to do this. MLK's son disagrees with you.  godai   Aug-31-11 04:57 PM   #48 
              - 120 Million?  Broderick   Sep-01-11 10:41 AM   #87 
  - "The colossal scale and Social Realist style of the proposed statue recalls a genre..."  Romulox   Aug-31-11 02:31 PM   #24 
  - Debated back in 2008  marions ghost   Aug-31-11 02:35 PM   #26 
  - Even the body language of the statue is bad.  trackfan   Aug-31-11 02:33 PM   #25 
  - Agreed. It's Chairman Martin, not man of peace Martin  Bluebear   Aug-31-11 03:56 PM   #35 
  - That's what bothers me the most - MLK should have open arms  csziggy   Aug-31-11 07:53 PM   #62 
  - Unreal  War Horse   Aug-31-11 02:37 PM   #27 
  - The only thing I DO like  marions ghost   Aug-31-11 02:44 PM   #29 
  - They have to sell all that  Politicalboi   Aug-31-11 02:47 PM   #30 
  - Any steel things made post 911 give me the creeps, I wonder???  Alameda   Aug-31-11 03:45 PM   #32 
  - Free trade only makes sense  atheistprogress   Aug-31-11 04:02 PM   #37 
  - One of these really old DU threads suggests MLK Foundation commissioned  Obamanaut   Aug-31-11 04:04 PM   #38 
  - Chinese stone, Chinese stonecutters, Chinese assemblers on the Mall, and WHITE Marble  JPZenger   Aug-31-11 04:08 PM   #39 
  - I believe it's actually pink granite  KamaAina   Aug-31-11 04:31 PM   #41 
     - The commision that built the memorial had thee audacity...  Xithras   Aug-31-11 04:44 PM   #43 
        - Well, does any American granite have melamine in it?  KamaAina   Aug-31-11 04:47 PM   #44 
  - I love that there is finally a statue of him there  Marrah_G   Aug-31-11 05:13 PM   #50 
  - Hmmm....  hunter   Aug-31-11 05:35 PM   #51 
  - get real, it's not about race, it's about US labor and products  Alameda   Aug-31-11 06:09 PM   #55 
  - This is why we need a WPA again.  ellisonz   Sep-01-11 05:57 AM   #79 
  - Wasn't the great wall built using slave labor?  JoeyT   Aug-31-11 06:13 PM   #56 
  - The U.S.A. was built by slaves...  hunter   Aug-31-11 07:38 PM   #60 
     - Black Men Built the Capitol, BookTv  EFerrari   Aug-31-11 07:58 PM   #63 
  - This is about NOT supporting American artists  marions ghost   Aug-31-11 08:27 PM   #64 
  - All I can say is  tabasco   Aug-31-11 05:41 PM   #53 
  - It's ugly.  Saphire   Aug-31-11 06:00 PM   #54 
  - Apart from the fact that it doesn't look like him, I can't stand...  MilesColtrane   Aug-31-11 06:37 PM   #57 
  - We have a friend who holds the patent to a bridge design that costs very little...  YellowRubberDuckie   Aug-31-11 07:47 PM   #61 
  - Here's the info from wiki:  pampango   Aug-31-11 08:48 PM   #65 
  - $25M donation from China explains a lot.n/t  godai   Aug-31-11 08:58 PM   #66 
  - A cartoon in stone.  Zanzoobar   Aug-31-11 09:09 PM   #67 
  - Here's a good article from ABC on the MLK Memorial.........  1776Forever   Aug-31-11 09:12 PM   #68 
  - I teach graduate level art courses. My students know far more about appropriate  Lorien   Aug-31-11 10:53 PM   #69 
  - Oh my god.  woo me with science   Aug-31-11 11:27 PM   #71 
  - WTF are you kidding me! Hecho en China (Cheena)?  lonestarnot   Aug-31-11 10:56 PM   #70 
  - .......  trusty elf   Sep-01-11 01:35 AM   #74 
  - It's fitting in a way that America now outsources even its tributes to its own heroes,  QC   Aug-31-11 11:30 PM   #72 
  - I just took a look at it. It looks like the frieze figures around Tiananmen square.  Kablooie   Sep-01-11 01:16 AM   #73 
  - Whoever did it should be ashamed. That thing's FUGLY.  LeftyMom   Sep-01-11 01:38 AM   #75 
  - And the sculpture has that "Stalinist" monumental quality to it, too.  tblue37   Sep-01-11 02:02 AM   #76 
  - Maybe they needed to find a way to save money after the King family demanded licensing fees.  JVS   Sep-01-11 02:17 AM   #77 
  - I did all of those things.  Sirveri   Sep-01-11 05:25 AM   #78 
  - It is a very ugly statue  fasttense   Sep-01-11 07:50 AM   #81 
  - I want to know why DU's "free trader" coalition hasn't dared to comment on this one?  Romulox   Sep-01-11 10:23 AM   #84 
  - A terrible expression and his clothes look like they were made out of fondant.  demmiblue   Sep-01-11 11:15 AM   #91 
  - Lei Yixin's other works aren't very good, either. The stiffness and poor rendering is evident  Romulox   Sep-01-11 11:39 AM   #97 
  - Ask him why he likes to get in to bed with communists?  cascadiance   Sep-01-11 01:25 PM   #98 
 

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