August 23, 2011
Kat Downs produced this cool PhotoSynth project using an amalgamation of images Nikki Kahn shot at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial here in D.C. It feels like an inverse panorama, but better because of the different vantage points the variety of images offer. This is a great idea for a situation like this where the subject is a static, single object or person that the viewer can encircle.
I also got to check out the memorial yesterday when it was opened to the press. I shot this quick day video to show viewers what they can expect when they visit the memorial now that it is open to the public. A few interesting takeaways from my visit there, some of which don’t make it into the video:
-The memorial was made by a Chinese sculptor and the stone is also from China. When the head of the project foundation was pressed about why an American, specifically an African American, was not chosen as the sculptor, Harry Johnson, Sr., offered Dr. King’s quote about how a man should not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character. He said in this case he was referring to artistic character.
-The memorial is situated on a line between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials on the Tidal Basin. The foundation planted 182 new cherry blossom trees in the area so visitors can indulge in more cherry blossoms come March or April.
-The design of the memorial is taken from a line MLK’s famous “I have a dream speech” when he said, “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” When visitors first enter the memorial they see two pieces of the “mountain of despair” and then thrust forward toward the water is the “stone of hope,” which includes a sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kat Downs produced this cool PhotoSynth project using an amalgamation of images Nikki Kahn shot at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial here in D.C. It feels like an inverse panorama, but better because of the different vantage points the variety of images offer. This is a great idea for a situation like this where the subject is a static, single object or person that the viewer can encircle.

I also got to check out the memorial yesterday when it was opened to the press. I shot this quick day video to show viewers what they can expect when they visit the memorial now that it is open to the public. A few interesting takeaways from my visit there, some of which don’t make it into the video:

-The memorial was made by a Chinese sculptor and the stone is also from China. When the head of the project foundation was pressed about why an American, specifically an African American, was not chosen as the sculptor, Harry Johnson, Sr., offered Dr. King’s quote about how a man should not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character. He said in this case he was referring to artistic character.

-The memorial is situated on a line between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials on the Tidal Basin. The foundation planted 182 new cherry blossom trees in the area so visitors can indulge in more cherry blossoms come March or April.

-The design of the memorial is taken from a line MLK’s famous “I have a dream speech” when he said, “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” When visitors first enter the memorial they see two pieces of the “mountain of despair” and then thrust forward toward the water is the “stone of hope,” which includes a sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Great interactive by The Washington Post that allows you to get up close and personal with the Martin Luther King Jr....
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    Go Kat!
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