“The Embrace,” a new two-story sculpture celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his wife Coretta Scott King, who met in Boston, was unveiled on Jan. 13, 2023, in Boston Common, America’s first public park. It’s the first new piece of art added to the Common in decades. The sculpture’s abstract form–which has drawn some criticism–is drawn from a photo of when the couple embraced after learning MLK had won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.
While the sculpture’s website said, “Come on down to Boston Common on Friday January 13 to the outdoor unveiling and stand with us,” the actual unveiling ceremony was only open to ticket-holders. There were large screens set up outside the ceremony so the general public could view the proceedings, but many outside the fence were frustrated without a way to glimpse the new sculpture with their own eyes until they pulled down the green fabric on the fence obscuring their view.