Dr King's son, Martin Luther King III, has defended the outsourcing."I have seen probably 50 sculptures of my dad, and I would say 47 of them are not good reflections," he said, to USA Today."This particular artist: he has done a good job." However, Ed Dwight, a sculptor in Denver, said Dr King would be "turning over in his grave" if he knew his likeness had been conceived by someone living under a Communist regime.Innovation Partners: These organisations are not Living Labs themselves, but are dedicated to support and development of the Living Lab community.
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"He would rise up from his grave and walk into their offices and go, 'How dare you?
'" Mr Lei was chosen after the memorial's fund-raisers observed him at work at a stone carver's symposium in Minnesota.
It is the only memorial on the Mall that does not honour a president or fallen soldiers.
However, there has been controversy over the choice of Lei Yixin, a 57-year-old master sculptor from Changsha in Hunan province, to carry out the work.