Wednesday, January 18, 2012

commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.

Some friends and I gathered on Monday near this sculpture in Houston  to celebrate MLK day.
This art piece supposedly represents MLK.  How I'm not quite sure.  The only thing my friends and I could come up with was that maybe the pyramid represents empires, and this case the American Empire, and maybe the broken pillar atop it is an upside down Washington Monument - where MLK delivered his "I have a Dream" speech.  And maybe it all signifies MLK's efforts to break the system of segregation and racism.
Afteward, we armed ourselves with street chalk, walked over to a sidewalk, and continued the celebration.
friend Dave's MLK inscription

friend Phoebe's MLK quote of choice:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness,
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate,
only love can do that.

After reading a few MLK speeches, the word AGAPE echoed in my head, so I was compelled to write it big.

friend Judy's work

We spent much of the day contemplating the love of mankind, but I didn't want to leave out our animal brothers.


  1. As long as there are like minded people as you and your friends, there's great hope for the human race.

  2. Thanks for the post. Martin Luther King was a very inspirational human being. You celebrated his life and his messages beautifully!

  3. I love the creative way you celebrated. Thank you for sharing this. It was inspiring.

  4. Thanks for all of your kind words, I really appreciate it.

  5. A great post. Could the sculpture be about balance, that Dr King had balance in his life and was trying to change society, to re-balance it? Or could it be that Dr King's perspective is the starting point for a new world? Not sure. Loved the chalk messages. Always a pleasure to read your blog.

  6. paul, i really like your interpretations of the artwork. a good art piece can send the mind in so many directions.