A Shanghai-based artist has found a unique way to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
One of the most iconic images of the former president is of him as a boxer in the 1950s, a trope first made famous by Drum magazine.
Now Phil Akashi has created a very clever Mandela boxing tribute. He has painted a giant portrait by putting paint on his boxing gloves and punching a wall 27 000 times.
“This symbolic and powerful new painting resides in the Shanghai Graffiti Park, and is surrounded by a mix of graffiti made by local street artists,” says Akashi on his website.
He’s also posted a video of the process of making the work.
The bold young boxer is emerging as a common theme in the iconography around Madiba as he enters his second month in hospital.
Just a few weeks ago South African sculptor Marco Cianfanelli’s sculpture of Mandela shadowboxing was erected in Johannesburg.
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