Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin and architect Ed Jackson Jr. are helping Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas take shape. Literally.
This Sunday, August 28th, the 30ft statue of King and the surrounding grounds (including a bookstore, cherry trees, and a wall of King’s quotes) will be dedicated in a ceremony marking the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The New York Times describes the statue: “The design gave form to a line from Dr. King’s “Dream” speech — “With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope,” said Mr. Jackson. In the memorial, he noted, Dr. King is seen emerging from the stone of hope. The two towering mounds set slightly behind him, forming a sort of passageway to the statue, are mountains of despair.”
Read the entire article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/us/23mlk.html?_r=1&ref=arts