King statue moving forward at MLK Park
The installation known as “Ripple” by artist Andrew Luy is on track for a groundbreaking early next year
Nov. 7, 2023
By Beth Kassab
A larger-than-life-size statute of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. surrounded by concentric seating is undergoing final site design for MLK Park near the corner of Denning Drive and Morse Boulevard.
A rendering of the installation by New York artist Andrew Luy was approved by a city task force as well as an entity that represents the King family, according to a report to be provided to City Commissioners this week.
A groundbreaking is likely in early 2024. Commissioners approved the project, which will cost $450,000, in April.
The artwork known as “Ripple” is designed to show how King’s influence on movements for peace and equality continues to spread today. The bronze statue shows King’s hand outstretched in a characteristic gesture he made while speaking and is intended to “symbolize his calm, non-violent movement,” according to Luy.
Black granite memorial walls “with inscriptions of the former families that once lived on MLK Park and concentric seating is meant to be contemplative and reverberating,” according to the artist’s description.