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"Breaking of the Chains"

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 4 September 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

San Diego marked the starting point for our drive along the Pacific Coast Highway heading north to San Francisco. Little did I know how many pictures I would take along this journey over the course of eight days.

Photo of sculpture by Melvin Edwards paying tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Below the sculpture on the ground is a plaque which reads,

"Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives."

This sculpture is located in the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade, a linear park that stretches from Market Street to PETCO Park and connects Children's Museum Park, Children's Park, and Gaslamp Square. The tree-lined promenade features a hedge maze at beginning of the promenade on Market Street, leading to an abstract sculpture in the center, entitled Shedding the Cloak, by Jerry Dumalo, Mary Lynn Dominguez, and Tama Dumalo, as well as a fountain and water feature. Another sculpture, Dreams, is planned for the maze. The Promenade also includes other public art that pays tribute to Dr. King's memory and his dream, including a Dream, by Roberto Salas, which depicts five hands comprised of bronze and steel, and plaques with Dr. King's words embedded in the ground. The promenade is a favorite for pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists, and is the site of an annual multi-cultural festival held on Martin Luther King Day, which features, music, food, exhibits, vendors, and entertainment.

Photo captured August 14, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 32 mm

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

A stunning piece of art work

4 Sep 2012 7:01am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb !! A great image .

4 Sep 2012 7:34am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A very strong piece of public art, with better meaning and significance than many others.

4 Sep 2012 9:32am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!

4 Sep 2012 10:14am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Magnificent shot of this sculpture and its powerful symbolism - King's words still ring true.

4 Sep 2012 10:41am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, what a great piece of art. Great shot of it, Steven . . . so how many shots did you take. Over a thousand, I bet. :-))

4 Sep 2012 10:59am

@Jason Politte: And it's amazing how quickly so many of them get whittled down when you see the pictures at full scale on the computer screen and realize some are out of focus or other imperfections. :-)

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

Interesting sculpture. NIce to see people's interest in it .

4 Sep 2012 11:12am

m@hd! from mazandaran, Iran

That's great

4 Sep 2012 1:26pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

An excellent image and text to share this sculpture. Much more than a mere sculpture !

4 Sep 2012 2:55pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a wonderful tribute and a powerful sculpture. Beautiful image!

4 Sep 2012 3:06pm

fereshteh. from Iran

wonderful shot.

4 Sep 2012 3:53pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

When we left there in 2007, many of theexhibits and sculptures were just being erected or planned..The p[romenade was there and parks etc for sure - It is good to see they are done with much of it - thand you for presenting these images, Steven..as always, this is a magnificent composition by you :-)

4 Sep 2012 4:27pm

franz from Baden, Austria

interesting monument, though i don't see the (artistic) purpose of the disc! the broken chain is very poignant, though ...

4 Sep 2012 5:20pm

@franz: I wondered about that at the time I took this, but forgot to look into it when I got home. When you brought it up, it got me thinking again. And the only thing I can think of is that the disc represents a ball as in "ball and chain." But they probably wanted the emphasis on the chain, since that is what the sculpture makes reference to in its title.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I really like your composition with the two individuals studying the plaque. Well done!

4 Sep 2012 6:15pm

ruthiebear from Titusville,NJ, United States

I like the angle of this image. Thank you also for the explanation.

4 Sep 2012 7:36pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Fantastic start in San Diego... But why not travel farther north above SF to Chico, CA? I know, we are NOT on the coast.

4 Sep 2012 9:07pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful candid photo... beautiful texture and finish on the sculpture!

4 Sep 2012 11:41pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Nice shot of this very interesting monument !!! It's a great tribute to MLK jr. ... Interesting information too ...

4 Sep 2012 11:52pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice monument. Good shot with the people in it.

5 Sep 2012 12:14am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


5 Sep 2012 12:24am

Carol from Leamington ON, Canada

That is a beautiful sculpture.... and it sounds like a very interesting Promenade with other sculptures along the way. Very nice!

5 Sep 2012 12:37am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderful image of this dramatic sculpture.

5 Sep 2012 2:05am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

What a great man Mr. King was.

5 Sep 2012 4:20am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Very good composition with the two men paying attention to the sign.

5 Sep 2012 8:28am