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The Secularization of the MLK Monument

Ken Blackwell | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Even though Dr. King was a Baptist minister and his history-altering speeches about civil liberties are saturated with references to natural rights and profound theological constructs, all 14 quotes carefully etched into his stone monument completely eschew references to God.

New on the Mall: A Fitting Monument to Peacemaking

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 02.07.2012 | DC
Katherine Gustafson

Safdie's open, light-filled design befits an organization dedicated to the better angels of our nature -- the building has the grandeur of a typical D.C. landmark but exhibits an airiness unusual in the city's monuments.

PHOTOS: World's Most Controversial Monuments

Travel + Leisure | Posted 01.26.2012 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Even when a monument's construction is well publicized, a positive reception isn't guaranteed, whether because of differing aesthetic tastes, costliness or partisanship.

MLK Memorial Designers On Race, Grace & Place

Bonnie Fisher and Boris Dramov | Posted 12.18.2011 | Arts
Bonnie Fisher and Boris Dramov

On August 22nd, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial opened to the public. The dream of creating a memorial to Dr. King, initiated decades ago around the kitchen table of two Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity members in Atlanta, has finally become a reality. Dr. King - a private citizen and man of peace - has taken his rightful place on the National Capital Mall on lands previously reserved to honor the memory of past wars and former presidents. This is the last memorial to be built on the central portion of the Capital Mall and it is the first to celebrate the contributions to democracy by an African American.

GOP Bill Would Allow Congress To Veto National Monuments

Andrew Reilly | Posted 11.14.2011 | Arts

Our national morale has undoubtedly taken a hit from the lingering recession, but would we be willing to surrender national monuments to get back on t...

Stonehenge: A Disgrace?

Telegraph | Charles Spencer | Posted 07.09.2011 | Arts

I once had a horrific experience at Stonehenge that still brings me out in a cold sweat whenever I think of it. I was walking with a friend round thos...

Egypt Art Chief Zahi Hawass To Be Imprisoned

Ahram Online | Posted 06.18.2011 | Arts

Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Zahi Hawass has been sentenced to one year in jail on Sunday for refusing to fulfill a court ruling over a l...

PHOTOS: 9 Places Built By Dictators

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

The world's dictators have a naughty habit of commemorating their absolute power in monuments, statues, colossal building projects, and extravagantly ...

Kibbutz Diary: A Shoah Memorial the World Should See

David Dagan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Dagan

To me, Mishmar Ha'emek's Pinat Hagola is an example of what we should strive for in public art built in memory of tragedies. Often, the smallest places can say the most.

Stonehenge Threatened List: Britain Landmark One Of 'Most Threatened' World Wonders | Maev Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The traffic-choked roads still roaring past Stonehenge in Wiltshire have earned the world's most famous prehistoric monument a place on a list of the ...

"Monuments Men": Saving Historic Structures in Wartime

Robert M. Edsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert M. Edsel

I am driven by my passion to tell the story of a group of men and women who volunteered for service during World War II to save the greatest structures and other priceless works of art from destruction.

Bipartisan Scandal: Congress' Edifice Complex

John Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Fund

Why does Congress hand out money to name buildings, bridges -- everything under the sun -- after its own living members? Until the 1960s, people had to die before they were memorialized in granite.