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24 || Boulevard & Freedom Parkway / Sweet Auburn

Homage To The King
Photo Credit:
Dixi Carrillo, EDAW

Homage To The King

“Homage to King ”
Artist: Xavier Medina-Company (b. Barcelona, Spain, 1943, r. Barcelona)

This dramatic sculpture—a profile of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his arm outstretched--literally 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 the Georgia Institute of Technology to Freedom Parkway.

MATERIALS: Cor-Ten Steel

16' w x 2 ¾" d x 10'-0'’ h
Support Pole - 2' 0" diameter x 7' 4" h


Cultural Legacy Barcelona Program Coordinator
Palmer Engineering Company Structural Engineer
Ramón Luminance Design Lighting Consultant
Diamond Electrical Contractors, Inc. Lighting
Phoenix Crane Rental Company Installer
Valley Crest Landscape, Inc. Landscape Contractor
Randolph & Company General Contractor

LOCATION: Boulevard and Freedom Parkway

Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta (CODA)
Installation: 1996