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Martin Luther King memorial made in China
UK Telegraph ^ | 2:39PM BST 22 Aug 2011 | Malcolm Moore, Shanghai

Posted on 08/22/2011 11:25:45 PM PDT by newzjunkey

The 30ft-tall statue, which forms the centrepiece of a $120 million (£73 million), four-acre memorial to Dr King, opened to the public on Monday on the National Mall in Washington. It is the only memorial on the Mall that does not honour a president or fallen soldiers.

Standing in the shadow of the Washington Monument, the statue shows Dr King emerging from a mountain of Chinese granite with his arms crossed and is called The Stone of Hope.

However, there has been controversy over the choice of Lei Yixin, a 57-year-old master sculptor from Changsha in Hunan province, to carry out the work. Critics have openly asked why a black, or at least an American, artist was not chosen and even remarked that Dr King appears slightly Asian in Mr Lei's rendering.

Mr Lei, who has in the past carved two statues of Mao Tse-tung ...

More than 150 granite blocks, weighing some 1,600 tons, were then shipped from Xiamen to the port of Baltimore, and reassembled by a team of 100 workmen, including ten Chinese stone masons brought over specifically for the project. …

He has also prepared a bronze bust of Barack Obama which he intends to gift to the president. …

The statue, meanwhile, will be 11ft taller than the statues in the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. It is unclear how much money was saved by making it in China.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: chairmanking; china; madeinchina; maotinlutherking; marxistlutherking; mlk; mlkmemorial; nationalmall; outsourcing; stoneofhope
MKL III said of the likeness, compared to others he's seen: "This particular artist: he has done a good job."
1 posted on 08/22/2011 11:25:51 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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2 posted on 08/22/2011 11:26:55 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: newzjunkey

All of the workers assembling this in DC...were Chinese...brought in to ensure completion. I’m guessing that the statue is half the cost of anything done by an American team.


3 posted on 08/22/2011 11:28:18 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: newzjunkey

Made in China, and taller than the Jefferson and Lincoln statutes. What does that say?


4 posted on 08/22/2011 11:28:31 PM PDT by hsalaw
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Earlier thread with photos: Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
5 posted on 08/22/2011 11:30:10 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: hsalaw

I’m not sure exactly what it says... but it does say something.


6 posted on 08/22/2011 11:30:41 PM PDT by Ronin (Obamanation has replaced Bizarroworld as the most twisted place in the universe.)
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To: hsalaw
Says everything about where we are a nation today.

We survive on borrowed money from China.

We outsource our labor, our materials, our craftsman, our memorials.

We are nothing more than consumers.

We are hollowed out.

That's what it says.

7 posted on 08/22/2011 11:38:58 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: newzjunkey

A modern day Ozymandias.


8 posted on 08/22/2011 11:44:40 PM PDT by rogue yam
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9 posted on 08/22/2011 11:45:07 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: hsalaw
We need a new capitol?
10 posted on 08/22/2011 11:50:01 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: newzjunkey
I gotta say, what a let down. It would have been more 'MLK' it presented him marching, hand in hand with people. Using nonviolence to get a message across.


11 posted on 08/22/2011 11:51:20 PM PDT by Palter (Celebrate diversity .22, .223, .25, 9mm, .32 .357, 10mm, .44, .45, .500)
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To: nolongerademocrat

“We need a new capitol?”

In order to do that, you’d have to burn the old one down first . . . .

Right to the ground.


12 posted on 08/22/2011 11:52:57 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: newzjunkey
Mr Lei, who has in the past carved two statues of Mao Tse-tung ...

He has also prepared a bronze bust of Barack Obama which he intends to gift to the president.

The reason he got the assignment is likely because he is a commie lover and and/or (? not that there is a difference) an Obama lover. The statue is horrible. It makes MLK look defiant and angry. It is reminiscent of the work done by commie propagandists. MLK did not have that persona rather he had a persona of hope, joy and determination as he had a vision.

13 posted on 08/23/2011 12:28:40 AM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD Jesus Christ is the antidote, the one and only antidote.)
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To: newzjunkey

The look on the face is one who is ready to kill.


14 posted on 08/23/2011 12:30:36 AM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD Jesus Christ is the antidote, the one and only antidote.)
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To: newzjunkey
It is the only memorial on the Mall that does not honour a president or fallen soldiers.

bullsh*t

of course... libtards never let facts get in the way of a good spin


15 posted on 08/23/2011 12:59:51 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: newzjunkey

Let’s see...a little nip here...a little fullness of the cheeks...a little this and that.....and surplus statues of Mao are recycled into statues of King.
Oh those practical minded Chinese!


16 posted on 08/23/2011 1:22:03 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: newzjunkey
Gee, I wonder how the Leftist/Progs/Demo-Rats/Libs/Socialist/Commies (but I repeat myself) who overwhelmingly populate this People’s Socialist Republic of Utopian Moonbats (Vermont) will react to this “news.”

Probably with what is their default reaction to anything which is embarrassing or critical to their agenda/ideology: Crickets Chirping.

Naturally, I don’t expect the only State-wide Gannett-owned, Far Left Rag (Burlington Free Press) to be giving this any coverage

In a related 2008 article, this was addressed and promptly, forgotten. Had this been anything to do with Boosh or Cons, it would continue to be making front page news all over

Imports chip away at Vt. granite industry

GRANITEVILLE, Vt. - For nearly two centuries, the massive gray granite deposits of this hamlet have produced the headstones and memorials that dot cemeteries across the nation. But from the hollows of the quarries to the cutting sheds where rock is sawed and carved into shape, laments can be heard that the local granite industry's end may soon be near.

As cheaper Chinese and Indian imports flood the American market, headstone and memorial manufacturers are shutting their doors, laying off workers, and cutting hours. Some manufacturers have begun using imported granite for carving and etching into headstones. Among the hardest hit have been the quarries. Last month, one of the region's largest employers and owner of the area's quarries, Rock of Ages Corp., laid off one-third of its quarry workers.

For many, the ultimate sign that Vermont's gray granite industry was in trouble came recently when the Martin Luther King Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, purchased Chinese granite for a portion of the 4-acre, $100 million Martin Luther King Jr. memorial under construction on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C

For years, granite was the economic lifeline of central Vermont. With one of the largest granite deposits in the nation, the area attracted thousands of immigrant workers from Scotland, Italy, Spain, and Canada. Population swelled in Graniteville and grand granite buildings rose in the adjoining city of Barre. At the industry's peak in the mid-1900s, the industry employed some 3,000 workers and counted a more-than-3,000-year supply of Barre Gray granite yet to be quarried.

17 posted on 08/23/2011 2:38:28 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: newzjunkey

CHINA???? The blacks couldn’t find ANY AMERICAN to sculpture their leader???


18 posted on 08/23/2011 4:10:52 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: sten

A quick fact check shows that the article is correct. The Einstien memorial is on the grounds of the National Academy of Science, not the Mall.


19 posted on 08/23/2011 4:21:15 AM PDT by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: Ann Archy

The statue like every city in America having a Martin Luther King street is only meant to appease 12% of our population, It’s a joke.In a week it will be ignored by everyone but the Washington pigeons.


20 posted on 08/23/2011 5:13:25 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: newzjunkey

A clunky eyesore compared to the other memorials on the Mall. It looks like a statue from a communist nation, over-sized and tasteless. And a 450’ wall?


21 posted on 08/23/2011 5:21:04 AM PDT by Will88
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To: newzjunkey

“Critics have openly asked why a black...”

...kind of flies in the face of “I have a dream” doesn’t it?


22 posted on 08/23/2011 6:32:24 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: newzjunkey
Mr Lei, who has in the past carved two statues of Mao Tse-tung

And it looks that way. The instant I saw the photo on Drudge, that's what I thought of: "same style as MST sculptures". Hurm.

23 posted on 08/23/2011 6:37:12 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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[Martin Luther King memorial...]

“Not that I condone violence,” but, have we ever wondered why we strike cords in the likes of McVeigh, Breivik, and breeds? A question I sometimes ask: What about those of us who worked our way up the social ladder rather than resorting to to violence to achieve it? Where are the recognition [that peaceful hard working folks] like us are due? Why don’t we for example have a Mennonites Day, a Jehovah Day, or, an Oregon Trail Memorial Day, memorials to groups who built the country peacefully hard work honesty and sacrifices? Where are the credits that they are due?


24 posted on 08/23/2011 6:40:30 AM PDT by EdisonOne (I)
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To: newzjunkey

<>Martin</s> Mao Luther King goes to the Mall


25 posted on 08/23/2011 9:47:03 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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