Does This Man Look Angry to You?
No, not the sculptor, Lei Yixin, who's working on this statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Tidal Basin memorial, but the sculpture itself. Though some might understand if Yixin is a little miffed right about now.
The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts says Yixin's likeness of the civil rights leader looks too confrontational. (Certainly not taking sides in this debate, but D.C. Wire has to note that King, of course, was all about confrontation. How else could one help bring down the mighty walls of segregation, speak out against a war, and challenge a nation to end not just racial inequality but economic inequality as well. But we digress.)
The commission noted, "the colossal scale and Social Realist style of the proposed statue recalls a genre of political sculpture that has recently been pulled down in other countries."
So, does the sculpture work? Does King look too angry? Does the sculpture even look like King?
Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Ward 6 Res | May 9, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: James | May 11, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: cosmopolitician | May 13, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.