Thursday, August 25, 2011
The MLK memorial was a mixed experience. You enter it through a split faux rock, which has symbolism, but is a little corny. Inside, his words were written on a long, curved wall with a waterfall on each side of the entrance. The words were beautiful and moving. In the center was a faux mountain, with the side that faces the tidal basin carved into a giant statue of King himself, but it is monumental art in the style of China during the curltural revolution. King looks forbidding and authoritarian and severe. His arms are crossed in a protective or angry way. I suppose there is some of the essence of strength and some of the message of "I shall not be moved." But compared to the sculptures of FDR in his monument, where his head is up, his face looks confident but open and his hands are relaxed and open, the statue of MLK is not moving or attractive. It is a shame. Margie said,"He looks like Mao!" Still, it was lovely to see all the families walking along reading the quotes to their children.
Then tomorrow we will go home.