Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in D.C. by Gautam Pal

Yesterday we drove to D.C. to see Paint Made Flesh at The Phillips Collection. (See previous post.) It did not disappoint! I particularly enjoyed the paintings by Jenny Saville, Lucian Freud, John Currin, and Cecily Brown. 

Nearby The Phillips Collection, we visited the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial... 

The bronze statue created by Gautam Pal is over 8 feet tall, and the following quotes are inscribed on its stone base:

Mahatma Gandhi said:
"An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind."
"I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills."

Albert Einstein on Gandhi: "Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Gandhi: "……..If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought, acted and inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony………….."


beastmomma said...

We are actually watching the movie "Gandhi" with Ben Kingsley which is very inspiring and moving. Maybe we will see the exhibit during Thanksgiving, assuming of course, it is still there!

Sonja said...

That is an excellent movie.
'Paint Made Flesh' comes down mid-September, but you could see the Gandhi memorial any time. There's a cute restaurant called Teaism nearby the Phillips too that looked like it would be fun to try with more time, and it's all near to things in Dupont Circle.

beastmomma said...

Teaism is lovely. Thanks for all the information!!

Sonja said...

My pleasure!