located at the corner of Freedom Parkway at Boulevard
This dramatic sculpture—a profile of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his arm outstretched, welcomes people to the King National Historic Site at the southwest corner of Boulevard and Freedom Parkway. It was commissioned by the Cultural Legacy Initiative, which brought major permanent public works of art to Atlanta from Barcelona–the 1992 Summer Olympic City–as an Olympic cultural exchange. Cut and rolled from plate steel, the sculpture is integrated with the bicycle and pedestrian path project linking downtown Atlanta to Freedom Parkway.
Xavier Medina-Campeny was born in Barcelona in 1943, the descendant of a family of sculptors. His prolific career has spanned almost four decades with work exhibited around the globe in one man shows, public installations, and group shows. Numerous pieces are in the collections of museums throughout Europe and the US.
This sculpture is owned and maintained by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.