Location: John Wesley Dobbs Plaza


Address
Fort St. and Auburn Ave. SE
ATLANTA, GA 30312
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    [name] => Through His Eyes
    [description] => Ralph Helmick, 1996
Silicon bronze
City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs

This monument pays tribute to civil right leader John Wesley Dobbs, who was a Grand Master of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge of Georgia, a leader in voter registration and political thought, and a famous orator who coined the phrase “Sweet Auburn." The portrait mask depicting Dobbs is inspired by the 12th century Nigerian life-sculpture tradition, and it includes text and quotes inscribed on the interior of the mask, from where Auburn Avenue can be literally viewed “through his eyes.” Ralph Helmick, a formally trained sculptor, was selected through CODA’s nationwide Call for Artists Initiative, and he installed this piece for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
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