I Have a Dream
About This Piece
Each tier of the pedestal features a different theme surrounding the struggle for freedom and civil rights.
The Bottom Tier
The front bottom tierwill feature a tribute to Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize, which he won in 1964.The side panels on the bottom tier will feature depictions of the struggle of African Americans from1 61 9-1 960.
The Middle Tier
Anchoring the four corners of the middle tier will feature four important inspirations in the life of Dr.King: Rosa Parks, Fredrick Douglass, Mahatma Gandhi and Sojourner Truth. Metaphorically, Dr.King will be standing on the shoulders of these four historical figures who inspired his life.
The surroundinq panels
The sculpture of Dr. King will be surrounded by four panels that measure six-and-a-half-feet-tall.Contemplating benches will be set in front of the panels. The panels depict various themes of theAfrican American struggle for freedom and civil rights throughout history and will feature engravedquotes from throughout Dr. King’s life.
The first panel will include a depiction of slavery to freedom.
The second panel will be dedicated to the civil rights struggle including key events and lawspassed.
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The third panel will be dedicated to justice and will feature a depiction of lady justice dndengravings of Dr. King’s most important quotes.
The fourth panel will be dedicated to the present and the future. The theme, living the dream, willfeature the presence of love, hope and truth.
“The intent of this monument is to provide a visual inspiration of Dr. King and his life,” said Mr.Dwight. “There is only so much that our history books can describe about the struggle for freedomand civil rights. A visual memorial can help define the living legacy of the history and of Dr. King.”
Ed Dwight has been a sculptor for the past 24 years. He has created thousands of sculpturesincluding a series of bronzes dedicated to black pioneers in the American Frontier. He has alsocreatedl series of sculptures depicting the evolution of jazz musicfrom its roots to contemporary
He has completed over 65 large-scale commissioned installations throughout the United Statesand has created over 6,000 other sculptures and is represented in more than 20 galleriesthroughout the country including works on permanent display at the Smithsonian lnstitute.
His latest challenge is the creation of the only tribute to African Americans on Federal Land. TheBlack Revolutionlry War Patriots Memorial will sit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
Ed Dwight Studios lnc. is located in Denver, Colorado.