King memorial postponed, design issues

There have been a number of people who did not think that the King memorial to be placed on the National Mall (it’s not really going to be on the mall…it will be off the tidal basin…lol) should be made in China anyway, so this news of the memorial being postponed is not surprising.
A King Statue ‘Made in China’? – washingtonpost.com
Some Say Memorial Design Misrepresents MLK Jr. : NPR

A Seattle Times article titled “King looks like dictator in statue, critics say” says:

Construction of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial has been postponed after a federal commission likened its proposed sculpture to the art of totalitarian regimes.

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, which has the power of approval for such projects in the capital, has notified the memorial’s planners that the “colossal scale” and static style of the planned 28-foot granite statue “recalls a genre of political sculpture that has recently been pulled down in other countries.”

The panel also said that a clay model that has been built in China for the sculpture depicts the civil-rights leader, shown standing with his arms crossed, as too “confrontational,” said Thomas Luebke, an architect and secretary of the arts commission, who summarized the objections in a letter April 17.

The project’s chief architect, Ed Jackson Jr., huddled with advisers this week in Ann Arbor, Mich., to discuss ways to address the commission’s objections before sculpting of the granite statue begins. [click here to see a photo]

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