Muhammad Ali Sculpture Made with Punching Bags

The sculpture of the Greatest, Muhammad Ali, was made with 1,300 punching bags. Artist Michael Kalish treated each speed bag as a pixel and put them all together, forming the face, and classic snarl, of Muhammad Ali. There are 1,300 punching bags, 6.5 miles of stainless steel cable, and 2,500 pounds of aluminum pipe to construct a 22-foot-high installation, and it took three years to complete.

Kalish said that the idea for the project came to him as he was falling asleep one night in 2008. But the LA-based artist knew he couldn’t construct such a large-scale installation on his own. So he retained architectural firm Oyler Wu to design the structure in which the bags are suspended. At the unveiling ceremony, Ali will hang the final bag.

The art piece is slated to go on view in March at LA’s Nokia Plaza. So if you walk around that area, and you feel like punching someone, just step directly in front the sculpture, and release your anger! pow!

via [Wired]

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