When I heard about a memorial mural to Muhammad Ali, I rushed over.
I’m not a boxing fan, but if men (or women) want to fight – better in a ring of competition than war, or abuse.
So, when I got to this wall, there was this piece and about 40 other pieces. The rest will have to wait, as I’m still not finished Alley 18.
I was smitten with the fact that the artist has portrayed Ali in his later years, not as the young Ali.
Yet, reflected in his sunglasses is his younger self.
I am told this is from a famous pic captured at an important fight.
Pics taken by Resa – August 26, 2017
37 thoughts on “Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee – RIP Ali”
Beautiful mural. I’m with you on the artist’s choice to depict Ali in his older years.
Thank you! I agree, and I’m honored to have had the opportunity to shoot it.
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Thank you! This is really a special piece, a wonderful tribute/homage to Ali! I’m honored to present it on my bog.
I am honored to share it with my followers. Thank you for posting.
Wonderful. Love his younger self reflected in the shades. Excellent tribute. I’m not a boxing fan but I did like him because he made it more fun and he was a poet of sorts. He brought something different to the sport (I don’t know why it’s called that. It’s brutal and he payed for being part of it).
He was unapologetically steadfast about his belief. He stood for more than boxing. He stood for freedom of speech and religion. And, yes, he did pay for his brutal sports career. I hate boxing, but I like him.
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I had to google Muhammad to see if he really looked like this when boxing; he’s pulling an extraordinary face! And, yes he did. I’ve never been a fan of boxing, though I have been a fan of the man; he was big and bold and full of life ~ I have to admire that… 🙂
I know, hey! I’m not a fan of boxing, either, but I’ve always had some special consideration for Ali.
I think he is special! 😀 xoxoxo
This is very cool. Such a fantastic artist!!
Agree! Random has always impressed me with his work.No wonder I dropped everything and head to the wall it’s painted on when I heard about it. AND I was well rewarded. Besides this piece, there were maybe 35 – 40 more. This wall went on forever. I shot most, but this one was the jewel in the crown!
Definitely a tribute to an accomplished man.
Agree, Frank! Gee,wondering if you have a new post? I’ll go see. 😀
Yep …. posted today for a special occasion. 🙂
He had a wonderful joie de vivre.
He truly did!
Fine tribute. Ali’s dignity as older man was as special as his youthful prowess. Very fine of the artist to see it that way and very fine of you to bring it to us!
Thank you Bumba! It’s a wonderful piece, and I’m glad I rushed out to capture it. One never knows when it will get tagged over or whatever. The art is outdoors and subject to environment.
The art mural almost reminded me of a cyberpunk art. But, I know its a tribute to Ali and his achievements of many years ago. Beautifully captured photography.
I really like this piece, and I’m glad my photography did it some justice. Much love! 😀
You capture every graffiti art the way an artist wants to be represented. 🙂 Resa, I missed ya.
By the way, did you get a chance to read my newest? Hope it didn’t give you a headache or frustrated. 🙂
I read it and liked it yesterday. I saw Dweed had nailed the initial cryptic puzzle, and I feel there is more. ❤
Thank you for your comment about how I capture the Graf! I honestly want to show not just the piece in its entirety, but in its subtleties, nuances and important message(s) it may be conveying. Love, & peace, Charlie!
The whole community needs more people like you Resa. You bring them the spotlight of their artistic talents and their message to the world.
It’s like one mural within another! Very cool the way it features the younger version in his sunglasses. He is well honoured with the mural and your post.
Thanks, Christy! Random did a fab job. I’m glad I went to the wall as soon as I heard about it. It’s only a year old, but when art is outdoors, anything can happen to it!
This is cool! BTW, I took a picture for you while I was in Hawaii, ill send it over to you in a couple days. 🙂
How exciting!!!! Yay, & TY!!!
Ali will always be special. A wonderful tribute, Random and Resa.
I agree, Sidran! Thank you for your lovely words!
I love this, it’s like a mural that is reflected in another mural. You had to admire the man’s confidence.
It really is great! I panicked a bit when I heard about it, and found out it was already a year old. Outdoor art is very ephemeral. Luckily, it’s still there! 😀
Love this one Resa, Ali was always my hero, sharp, and quick. The Swearingen Casa boast a 70 pound punching bag in the basement that wears Ali’s name. My wife uses it. 😉