re: MLK Memorial: Fails as sculpture and in every other way...
First, the thing doesn't even look like Martin Luther King! From the facial construction, to the absence of the spirit of Martin Luther King, it fails. http://news.yahoo.com/public-gets-first-glimpse-king-memorial-145030966.html
That a Chinese sculptor wouldn't be able to capture a likeness of King is not surprising, but it is kinda surprising that an African-American design committee would fail to choose an African-American sculptor, rather than giving us yet another "made-in-China" product, using low-paid, Chinese labor.
And it looks like I'm not the only critic—from Wikipedia: "Gilbert Young, an African American artist known for a work of art entitled He Ain't Heavy, led a protest against the decision to hire Lei by launching the website King Is Ours, which demanded that an African American artist be used for the monument. Human-rights activist and arts advocate Ann Lau and American stone-carver Clint Button joined Young and national talk-show host Joe Madison in advancing the protest when the use of Chinese granite was discovered. Lau decried the human rights record of the Chinese government and asserted that the granite would be mined by workers forced to toil in unsafe and unfair conditions. Button argued that the $10 million in federal money that has been authorized for the King project required it to be subject to an open bidding process."