Friday, May 09, 2008

Unhappy With 'Confrontational' Image, U.S. Panel Wants King Statue Reworked - washingtonpost.com

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Seems about right to me- he was confrontational. That's not a bad thing. I like the realism of it, it reminds the viewer that he wasn't just a loudmouth complaining about perceived injustices. He was leading an impolite but necessary and nonviolent revolution to show the regular folk how the status quo was wrong.

I get what the commission is talking about. But they are wrong- this statue is the modern day equivalent of a statue of a general on a horse, sword lifted toward victory. I think the pen in the one hand might be what tilts it for me- his weapon was his words.

4 Comments:

At Friday, May 9, 2008 8:14:00 AM CDT, Blogger cljo said...

The Commission probably should have looked at the World War II memorial too. I didn't realize the fascists won.

 
At Friday, May 9, 2008 8:19:00 AM CDT, Blogger gc said...

Fastest comment ever! Well done.

I'm forgetting where the fascism is in the WWII memorial...?

 
At Friday, May 9, 2008 8:36:00 AM CDT, Blogger cljo said...

Just look at it. And then look at a Nuremburg rally picture. Tell me I'm wrong. The banners, the bauhaus-ness of it all, etc.

 
At Friday, May 9, 2008 8:54:00 AM CDT, Blogger gc said...

I see what you're talking about. I guess I didn't see the pillars as banners, but once you say it I see it. Viewed through that lens, it does seem a little too celebratory. I was remembering the mood at the memorial more than the design of it- the mood gave me the somberness I thought the memorial should have had.

They could have done better with that memorial, but I'm not sure what I would have suggested. I like the Korean one because it really brings home the reality of the soldiers experience.

 

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