A statue depicting an embrace between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King was recently unveiled in Boston. The statue is called “Embrace Boston” and it depicts the moment MLK won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. This, of course, was during the height of the Civil Rights Movement and the same year the Civil Rights Bill was passed. People behind the design of the statue say that it represents the “love, heart, and spirit of the couple” according to conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas.
The sculpture has gone viral on Twitter and other social media platforms due to its highly abstract nature. The monument is over 20 feet high and 20 feet wide, cast in bronze, and only consists of arms and hands creating the “embrace” effect. A person without any prior knowledge of the statue may be completely confused by it and also mistake it for something… else.
Boston unveils “Embrace” sculpture of MLK and Coretta Scott King
New Boston Common sculpture honors Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King – masslive.com
Monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King unveiled in Boston – CBS News
In the city where the Kings met, ‘The Embrace’ memorializes their love and struggle – The Boston Globe