In the Shanghai Graffiti Park (No. 709 Lingshi Road, inside the Electric Industrial Park), Belgian-born Shanghai-based artist Phil Akashi has created a mural of Nelson Mandela using a boxing glove to which he attached a seal engraved with the Chinese characters for “freedom.”
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After dipping the glove in black cinnabar paste, Akashi punched the wall 27,000 times to print a monumental portrait, called “Tribute to Mandela.” Inspired by Mandela’s lifelong stand for freedom and equality, Akashi’s seal painting can be considered a way to promote democracy through art in politically restrictive China.—Yiquan Wang
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