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Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Statue

 

Here is a first look at the MLK Memorial statue in Washington D.C. . The memorial opened this morning in Washington D.C. on the National Mall where the civil rights leader delivered his memorable “I Have A Dream” address. The statue is 30ft tall, standing taller than the Lincoln Monument. It is the first statue on the Mall that honours a  Non-US President.

 

 

 

 

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  1. August 26, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Reminds me of the statue of Stalin that once graced Prague. The monument is an embarrassing pastiche of the type of symbolism that is all too familiar to me from my decade in China- a man towering over us plebs, not deigning to even look at us, back straight with arms in determined, static pose. None of the heavy lifting we looking up are accustomed to, but then he doesn’t seem to acknowledge those doing the fighting, the striving, the suffering. But then the point of such memorials is to mythologise such heroes to strike an eternal distance between them and us. At least the mass-murderer Mao is always shown finished, with his feet moving slightly forward as with those showing the pharaohs. Compare MLK simply standing in stone with those Michelangelo had wresting themselves from their stone prisons. But then, because in the end the memorial has no honest, sincere meaning, $800,000 had to be spent simply to cover the superfluous blocks on either side with quotations.

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