This week’s observance of Martin Luther King Day is the first to be overseen by the man himself. That is to say, by a “Stone of Hope,” the nation’s official memorial to the great man, towering 30-foot over the Tidal Basin on the National Mall.
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|Sculptor Lei at work on Stone of Hope|
|Bob Fitch/Courtesy Ed Jackson|
In What the Face Reveals, for example, Paul Ekman, et al, identify literally hundreds of specific facial expressions and “microexpressions” that occur in direct relation to muscular contractions. Using the renowned technical classification system known as the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) Ekman categorizes facial behaviors based on the muscles that produce them. More on this in a future post.
For now though, this is my bid to cut a little slack to sculptor Lei Yixin, whose monumental King was never intended to supplant the magnificent face of the man, in all of its ordinary and splendid expressiveness.