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By Jennifer Smith, Chief Reporter For Dailymail.Com 16:18 16 Jan 2023, updated 17:08 16 Jan 2023
The new sculpture honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King has been panned a day after its unveiling in Boston, with many art critics left disappointed by the tribute to the civil rights icon.
The sculpture, titled The Embrace, was inspired by a photograph of the couple hugging in 1964 after learning that Dr. King Jr. had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Hank Willis Thomas, the Brooklyn-based artist behind it, said he wanted to create a sculpture dedicated to love and not war, and that the image symbolized the strength of the iconic couple's marriage. Members of the King family were there to watch the sculpture's unveiling in Boston yesterday.
But while the idea behind the…
With the UK facing rising inflation and ongoing cost of living challenges, new research has revealed that over 300,000 households may be forced into homelessness in the coming year.
To draw attention to the problem, the charity Crisis has worked with adam&eveDDB ad agency and artist Sophie de Oliveria Barata to create a homeless figure named Alex, who can’t be ignored.
Weighing 2.5 tonnes, the sculpture of Alex is as tall as a double decker bus and features a unique face, which has been created via AI mapping, using the profiles of 17 real people facing homelessness. Alongside the sculpture are texts explaining the cause and QR codes that lead to a website where the public can donate to Crisis.
“Every day at Crisis we are confronted with the impact homelessness has on people’s lives and every day we see that it doesn’t have to be this way,” says Catherine Ashford, head of marketing and communications at Crisis. “But we know homelessness is an issue people find overwhelming, and while many want to see change, too many of us continue to turn away.”
“The statistics speak for themselves,” continues Mike Sutherland, executive creative director at adam&eveDDB. “Our hope is that…
On Friday, January 13, the city of Boston unveiled a 22-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King titled the “The Embrace” (2023). The headless and bodiless memorial in Boston Common, created by artist Hank Willis Thomas, is based on a photo of the couple hugging after Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. But while some praised the new statue, others, like the Washington Post’s Karen Attiah, argued that the artwork de-radicalizes and de-racializes King’s legacy, and many have raised an entirely different issue with the design: From some angles, the bronze memorial can appear to depict multiple lewd acts.
“In time we will see this statue for what it truly is … Martin Luther King going down on his wife,” said Leslie Jones, host of the Daily Show, in a segment this week. Correspondent Dulcé Sloan joined to express a different point of view, adding that from another perspective the work looks like “hands cradling a big penis” and calling it a “sexual Rubik’s Cube.”