Four weeks after the loss of Chadwick Boseman, Disney unve!led its powerful new mural memorializing the late Marvel star in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District.
The tribute, which was created by concept artist Nikkolas Smith, showcases a young fan and Boseman exchanging the Wakanda salute, which involves crossing your arms in the shape of an X over your che-st.
As a young child in a Bl-ack Panther face mask looks up at the icon, the adoring fan can be seen sporting a blue hospital gown.
The touching portrait no-ds to his frequent trips visiting s!ck children in hospitals, as he privately fo-ught a four-year-long ba-ttle with col-on canc-er.
‘As a former Disney Imagineer, I had the honor of working on a major children’s hospital initiative and Avengers Campus as my final two assignments. Seeing Chadwick’s heart for people in-person, and later discovering his courageous ba-ttle with canc-er, I was inspired to create this tribute to honor his life and legacy,’ Smith wrote in the mural’s inscription.
He concluded: ‘To us, he was and will always be T’Challa. Long Live The King.’ Additionally, the former Disney Imagineer shares a slideshow of images of himself in front of his work on Instagram, including one holding an infant and another doing the Wakanda Forever salute.
While describing making the mural, Smith noted working on his ‘King Chad tribute’ was a particularly ‘special’ experience for him.’It is a full-circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the Avengers Campus,’ he explained.
He continued: ‘To millions of kids, T’Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman.”I’m so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick’s life and purpose in this way,’ the muralist wrote.In a group sh-ot, he could be next to wife and their infant in Anaheim, California.