Renowned Atlanta Artist Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of Iconic Painting

Apr 26, 2019

An estimated one million people thronged to Atlanta for the 2019 Super Bowl. When the opposing teams and visiting fans returned home, a series of murals depicting Atlanta's civil rights and social justice journey stayed behind. 

Among the 11 artists who painted murals for the WonderRoot "Off The Wall" initiative surrounding the big game is renowned artist Gilbert Young. His iconic, 40-year old image "He Ain't Heavy" is now installed in huge scale on the side of Capitol Gateway Apartments in Atlanta. 

Young stopped by On Second Thought to talk about his expansive career, including meeting former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama. To honor the 40th anniversary of Young's "He Ain't Heavy," the artist is offering special editions of the work. 

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