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Georgia Artist: MLK Sculpture Task A ‘Jovial Burden’

Jul 9, 2015


Andy Davis has been commissioned to create a sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. on the state capitol grounds.
Credit Christine Fonville / Special to WABE / used with permission

Editor's Note: Andy Davis died July 12 from serious injuries following a car accident. Read the full story here

Sculptor Andy Davis has left his mark around metro Atlanta, Georgia and the South, with crafted likenesses of famous citizens and somber memorials.

A Henry County resident, Davis has done sculptures of Ray Charles in Albany, Patrick Henry in McDonough and Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy at various spots in the Atlanta area.

He’s also done a police memorial in Jonesboro and an Iwo Jima sculpture for Atlanta's now-closed National Museum of Patriotism.

In June, Davis was selected by the state to create a new sculpture on the Georgia capitol grounds in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On “City Lights,” Davis said the honor, which has the full endorsement of the King Estate, is among the biggest of his career.

He told host Lois Reitzes that he considers the task “a jovial burden.”

Davis was also asked about his career as a self-taught artist and being a white artist commissioned to create a sculpture of a slain civil rights legend.

“Art is color blind,” Davis said. “Art is not black. It’s not white. It’s not Chinese. It’s what you bring to it."