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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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