Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District
The Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial is designed to be as an attractive landscape experience coupled with other landscapes and monuments around it. The Memorial was not designed to be a single object or monument that would dominate the site.
The art of the memorial utilizes landscape fundamentals to strongly express three basic and recurring themes of Dr. King's living: justice, democracy and optimism. The rounded geometry of the monument that is within the triangular pattern of the site engages the Tidal Basin which shows the view of the water beyond.
The Jefferson and Lincoln Monuments seats this monument directly in line with bigger democratic principles that form the background for King's language and actions. The memorial is considered as a calm and open space, hitherto at the same time, commanding and sensitively evocative, thus reflecting the spirit of the message Dr. King delivered and the part he played in reforming the society.
The King Memorial was planned to be transformative for guests on Atlanta travels, the structure is suppose to build a sense of assurance to the pledge of optimistic change and vigorous citizenship from all in the society. The spirit of the place is the structure that draws inspiration from Dr. King's own rich figurative language.
The wide-ranging treatment and feel of water, stone and scenery creates a surrounding that is inviting and useful in all seasons every year and serves as a good reminder for people that change and hope is all that we have to reform our society; the landscaping of the place signifies this feeling and amplifies it.
The 24 niches along the upper footpath honor the involvement of the many persons who gave their lives in diverse ways to the civil rights movement, from Medgar Evers to the 4 kids murdered by a bomb blast at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham. The monument serves to be a reminder for all humans.
Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District Address
450 Auburn Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312-1504
Tel: (404) 331-5190
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