Sculptor Andy Davis dies at 53
Selected for Martin Luther King Jr. statue at Georgia Capitol
The artist selected to sculpt a Martin Luther King Jr. statue for the Georgia Capitol grounds died Sunday after a weekend crash involving a suspected drunken driver, a coroner said. Andy Davis was 53.
Davis' friends remembered him Monday as a passionate artist who mentored young creatives by establishing an arts centre in his hometown of McDonough. He brought people from Georgia to life through sculpture, including works of musician Ray Charles and ChickFil-A founder Truett Cathy. He was a Bohemian who refused to wear shoes whenever possible but took his work and getting to know his subjects seriously.
“It's just a huge loss for this community, and I think for the world,” said Elizabeth “BJ” Mathis, who met Davis when he approached her and other Henry County commissioners about sculpting a Patrick Henry statue. “Andy was Andy, no matter where he was.”
Davis was on his motorcycle in Henry County when he was rearended by a pickup truck early Saturday morning, the Georgia State Patrol has said. The 20year-old driver, Corey Sease, has been charged with driving under the influence.
Davis' family issued a statement Sunday before he died, thanking people for their prayers and encouragement.
“He's always been our Captain; A fighter, a lover, a friend, and he Never, Never, Never gives up,” the statement read.
In this March 26, 2014 file photo, Andy Davis places the glasses on the head of the status of Patrick Henry at The Inferno Art Foundry in Union City, Ga.