Artist and sculptor Michael Kalish unveiled the masterpiece he worked three years to perfect at L.A. Live this week. The 22-foot high portrait of Muhammad Ali is stunning not only because of the materials Kalish used: 1,300 speed bags, (the small punching bags boxers use to practice) over six miles of steel cable, and 2,500 pounds of aluminum pipe, but also because the portrait is a sort of optical illusion. Ali’s face can only be made out when the viewer is standing directly in front of it. Titled ReALIze, the portrait will be on display in the Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live until April 9.
We had the chance to see it in person, and recommend checking it out if you’re in the area.
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