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  • I don’t like going to parties with that many rules

  • Is anyone as disappointed with the (pictures of the) monument as I am? I guess I’ll hold a “final” judgement until i see it in person, but, oh, does it look terrible in the media previews.

    Dr. King deserves better.

    • Yes, it’s rather Stalin-esque. I guess that’s what you get when you hire a sculptor from communist China 🙂

    • christanel

      I wasn’t impressed with full-length shots, but I feel an up close look at Dr. King is very moving. http://yfrog.com/gybgcydj

    • He looks like a white guy in the pictures I saw!

    • I think it’s absolutely beautiful. and I don’t think it’d be as meaningful if it was sculpted in the same style all our founding fathers are.

      • I don’t think it’s needs to be neoclassical, but this (and the WWII Memorial) are oversized with only the most topical of symbolism. They’re heavy-handed and overbearing and had a lot of lobbying, but not a lot of thought, put into them.

        I guess I’d like to see a King Memorial that does something more to represent the struggle he lead — not some looming, vaguely angry figure towering in stone, but something the celebrates the man along with the movement he lead. Something more fitting. Sure that could be a statue, but why one that makes him and his actions seem so beyond the reach of mere mortals? Wasn’t his message the opposite? And the way the statue has split “the mountain” seems to represent division much more than unification. And while we remember King most vividly by his words, why not use the memorial space to bring to light his works more clearly, or the people who struggled along side him?

        Just some of my own thoughts; it’s just that this is a really important monument to me, and I wish it could have been done better. More elegantly. More thoughtfully.

        Not everything should hit us over the head with the “message”.

        • since the creation of the vietnam memorial and the fdr memorial one would expect better than what we’ve been given by the mlk memorial.

          those two memorials changed the game, and people should now be playing accordingly.

          • Sadly, I think it’s the efforts to “live up to” those that leads designers so far astray. Clearly, they didn’t get the message that bigger is not always better, and that symbolism can be nuanced and thought-provoking.

        • I agree with all of this. I haven’t seen the memorial in person yet, but it looks pretty awful in photographs, and the sculpture itself is…very Eastern Bloc. (Though I’ll admit I’m not generally a fan of the “Man walking out of hunk of rock” style of sculpture, so.)

          It seems a badly missed opportunity, which is a real shame. Maybe I’ll feel differently after I visit it.

  • Mayor Gray is alive, who knew.

  • DC residents. Plus Maryland residents. And Virginia residents. and anyone else who wants to attend. Hardly a special event for DC residents.

    • From what I understand, they wanted a DC residents only day, but that would be illegal. I guess they’re just calling it that.

  • I don’t understand this, because it was opened to the public today. I went down there around 1:30. Lots of people there… no lines though.

    • Vincent Gray is trying to get some sort of political credit for this by making it seem like the mayor’s office has made special arrangements for DC residents.

      • I missed the last line of the announcement, which mentions today’s opening as the “soft opening”.

        • Pretty impressive politicking from the Mayor, tying his wagon to MLK and inventing a fake DC Resident’s day at the memorial. No tickets required for DC Residents! Oh wait, no tickets required, ever…

  • Keep in mind that Q Line at begins 23rd Street and Independence Avenue, SW

  • Mayor Gray is also bravely leading a Social Media March for D.C. Democracy on Occasion of King Memorial Dedication!

    “I had a Tweet…”


  • hispanicandproud

    Made in China?

  • andy

    the list of limitations just seems to shout, “DC is a bunch of riff-raff who need to be kept in check.”

    • If by riff raff you mean someone who might ride their bike to the memorial with their dog in tow and then complain because their ironically colored keds arent suitable to the waiting and walking, then, yes, definitely riff raff.

  • +1.

    I hope this is the LAST MEMORIAL to be built on the mall – at least that could carry some symbolic power of the importance of Dr. King and the civil rights movement in the U.S.

    As the son of a now deceased disabled WWII veteran, I truly regret the size and location of that war’s memorial. I used to jog from Cap. Hill past the Washington Monument and thru the glade of trees that pre-existed the Brokaw-Hanks mega-monstrosity and it was a delight. I always regarded that stand of trees as a monument itself, recognition of the wonder of the natural world. And the view of the Lincoln Memorial through those trees at night with snow on the ground was magical. But alas, as long as the mall continues to be the hunting ground for politically posturing, it will continue to suffer. There are so many places in the city that befit future memorials – imagine the benefits to the city of distributing the throngs of visitors to DC to other areas in town. And those visitors may actually end up feeling like they discovered something, as opposed to walking on the dead grass killed by the millions that preceded them.

    • I like the WWII memorial, but I think you’re right. Lets put some high profile memorials in places off the mall, but that will honor the history and memory we are trying to preserve.

      • Unfortunately I would be willing to be a large sum of money that a Reagan Memorial will be built somewhere on the Mall in the next 10 years.

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