Mr. Robert Thomas Henson, most commonly referred to as “RT”, was not just the guy on the bicycle around town. Truly one of the most unique, one-of-a-kind individuals you'll ever meet, he was an artist, a painter, an inventor, a sculptor, a writer, a friend, a fascinating individual, and a genius in his own right. Robert Thomas Henson passed away in November of 2007 at the age of 72. A lifelong resident of Ellijay,GA, Henson was known to most as an offbeat town character seen traveling through Ellijay, GA and neighboring towns dressed in a long-sleeves and slacks seemingly not bound for anywhere too specific.
Known as "The Birdman" because of a "flying suit" that was one of his inventions, Henson was a well-known figure in Ellijay, riding his highly decorated bicycle from place to place. Quoted by Camille (Candy) Day of Ellijay, “RT truly was a creative, curious man who, above all always true to himself”
Also interested in UFOs, as well as time travel and quantum physics, Henson painted, sculpted and worked steadily at making his home a poured-concrete work of art while patenting some rather unusual devices, including a square-barreled .22-caliber rifle.
His nephew Danny Tibbitts has turned his house into a showcase of Henson's work. Tibbitts has curated a selection of RT’s work and hopes to create a museum in RT's home town. A selection of works are available as giclee prints from this site.
To learn more about RT's life and work, visit his site at WWW.RTHENSON.COM