Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee – RIP Ali

When I heard about a memorial mural to Muhammad Ali, I rushed over.

Artist: Random

I’m not a boxing fan, but if men (or women) want to fight – better in a ring of competition than war, or abuse.

Artist: Random

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.

Artist: Random

I was smitten with the fact that the artist has portrayed Ali in his later years, not as the young Ali.

Artist: Random

Yet, reflected in his sunglasses is his younger self.

Artist: Random

I am told this is from a famous pic captured at an important fight.

Artist: Random
Artist: Random

Pics taken by Resa – August 26, 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

37 thoughts on “Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee – RIP Ali

  1. 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).

    1. 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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  3. 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… 🙂

    1. 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!

  4. 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!

    1. 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.

        1. 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!

    1. 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!

    1. 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! 😀

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