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New Martin Luther King Statue Made In China

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8715823/Martin-Luther-King-memorial-made-in-China.html

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, one of which stands in the former garden of Mao Anqing, the Chinese leader's son, carried out almost all of the work in Changsha.

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.

However, Ed Dwight, a sculptor in Denver, said Dr King would be "turning over in his grave" if he knew his likeness had been conceived by someone living under a Communist regime.

"He would rise up from his grave and walk into their offices and go, 'How dare you?'"

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The miffed sculptor (living in the ironically named 'land of the free' who was bitter at not getting the gig) suggested that a zombie MLK might rise up and say 'how dare you' to who exactly?

The MLK foundation who funded the statue?

Don't they have granite in the USA? I just think it's bizarre , the whole thing , on so many levels.

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The eyes without doubt have an Asian look to them. Overall it's a horrible statue imo.

Outsourcing even something like this to China seems a little shameless to me. Where is the American pride?

However, money in these hard times probably made the decision for them. Who knows, without this cost cutting exercise they may not have been able to afford any statue at all :ph34r:

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The eyes without doubt have an Asian look to them. Overall it's a horrible statue imo.

Outsourcing even something like this to China seems a little shameless to me. Where is the American pride?

However, money in these hard times probably made the decision for them. Who knows, without this cost cutting exercise they may not have been able to afford any statue at all :ph34r:

Thing is the statue cost 120 million.

How much would it cost to ship 1,600 tonnes of granite from China vs just mining it in the USA?

Outsource toothpicks or napkins fair enough , but a 1600 tonne granite statue?

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Love the statue of chairman Mao Luther King.

For that money they could have build a whole series of stone carving robots and created a new market for themselves.

The US is becoming a real joke.

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