When the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial set for Washington DC that was carved in China needed to be transported to the US, Greece volunteered to move it. The $120 million King memorial would be transported by members of Greece’s substantial shipping industry, for free. Then, the Greek economic crisis hit, and the 159 stone blocks that make up the three-story tall memorial got stranded in China, where it has been waiting since April to be shipped to the US.
“They apologized and said their country is in dire straits and they will not be able to fulfill their promise,” said Ed Jackson Jr., the project’s executive architect
Meanwhile, the project had to budget for moving expenses, which could total up to $240,000 for the 1,600 metric ton statue to travel 11,000 miles from Xiamen, China.