Monday, May 12, 2008


Bloody awful

Work is scheduled to begin this year on a Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, to be built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It will open to the public in two years.

The centerpiece of the memorial will be a granite stature of MLK. The King statue, to be carved by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin, will be the largest statue on the Mall, bigger than those at the nearby memorials to Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

Mr. Lei recently submitted a scale model of his King statue to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, which reviews the design of projects in the capital area, and it was soundly rejected. Check it out:

Am I crazy or does that statue look like some something from Red Square, circa 1969?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a humble and gentle man. Ain't nothing 'bout Lei's statue that's humble or gentle. No damn wonder the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts rejected the freakin' thing.

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