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Basil Watson recently won an international competition to create an 18-foot statue of Martin Luther King Jr to be placed prominently on the Atlanta street that bears his name. Watson is a world-renowned artist/sculptor who was born in Kingston, Jamaica but currently lives in the Atlanta Metro Area.

Some of his work was on display in an exhibit called “Sacred Ground” at Gallery 72, the art gallery hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Watson says he is inspired by “the heroic in mankind” and often uses the female figure to express the “energy, vigor and emotive” quality of the human body.

There are some nude statues and drawings depicted in the video below, so please use your personal discretion in viewing.