For the second time in 16 years, Lancaster County sculptor Richard Blake has been chosen to capture  the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in bronze.

Blake is about three weeks away from completing the clay version of what will become a bronze 7-foot 4-inch statue of King in the studio near his home in Kinzers.

The statue, which he is sculpting for a New Jersey nonprofit, means Blake’s ability to depict King in larger-than-life size has been recognized from coast to coast.

In 1998, Blake was commissioned to create a 9!-W-foot bronze statue of King that stands in the Peace Gardens at California State University in Fresno.

The statue in Fresno depicts King dressed in religious robes and holding a baby.

The baby, Blake said, “represents innocence and future generations.

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