Thursday, June 19, 2008

Design of MLK Memorial Altered

In today's Washington Post, an article states that members from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts were satisfied with design changes to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial planned for the Tidal Basin between the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial. The granite that will surround King's likeness will be moved forward a couple inches to give the impression that King is emerging from the granite instead of being placed into the granite. Wrinkles on his forehead will be removed and a hint of a smile will be placed on his face. Although the commission had concerns about King's arms being folded (they thought it made him look too confrontational and was reminiscent of the "Social Realist style" popular in communist countries), the folded arms will remain in the design. Construction is expected to start by the end of the year. The newest memorial to grace the National Mall is set for completion by Spring 2010.

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