This larger than life bronze figure of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was created in 2001-2002 It was commissioned through a contract created and provided by Erik's Figurative Art Studio with the City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The sculpture was approved (but not directed) in each of four multi-month design stages with partial payments made at each approved stage.
The acrimonious criticisms by angling politicians and then subsequent and secretive hacksaw removal of the work ordered by this narrow and censorious City say it all. As the saying goes,
"They are their own reply"
But if you'd like to hear the gory details, simply click here
The sculpture was recently returned to its pedestal base after years of pressure placed on the City. They've decided to display it again in their park.
It still bears the hacksaw scars at its base from the violent cutting off ordered by their City Manager in 2005.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Rocky Mount, NC
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To read the truth about just some of what I've experienced with this project, see the column at left. For those of you with the stomach for this there is a more detailed version of the story..click here
If you don't care for this contemplative, textured and interpretive depiction of Dr. King, see my other one in Milwaukee here
My multi-racial family appreciates both.