Phil Akashi pays tribute to international hero Nelson Mandela, by painting a monumental portrait made from 27.000 boxing punches with the chinese characters 自由/’freedom’. The shanghai-based artist chose to use cinnabar paste for its significance in taoist culture; red cinnabar was regarded as the color of life and eternity. He firmly decided to use black cinnabar paste to honor Mandela’s struggle against the Apartheid. This symbolic and powerful painting resides in the Shanghai graffiti park, and is surrounded by a mix of street art by local creatives. ‘This artwork exemplifies nelson Mandela’s 27 years of incarceration but also symbolize his lifelong brave stand for equality. Nelson Mandela is an extraordinary artist of peace.’ says Phil Akashi ‘he sacrificed his own freedom to fight for the freedom of others and therefore represents a fantastic source of inspiration for the entire world.”

tribute to nelson mandela, extraordinary artist of freedom’
video courtesy of phil akashi
all images courtesy of phil akashi

via designboom.com

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