You may have heard the story of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head while coming home from school last week. Malala is a young activist who has promoted children’s rights in Pakistan; she has become a symbol of defiance against the Taliban regime. In the words of UN president Ban Ki-moon, “the terrorists showed what frightens them most: a girl with a book.”
Muhammad Ali is larger than life. The famously quotable champion boxer could make a point like no one else, both with his fists and with his amazing extemporaneous poetry. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented athletes of the past century, so any public art piece built in his honor has to be... well, if not "the greatest," then pretty darn good.
ReALIze, rising in the plaza of LA Live, just outside Los Angeles's Staples Center, is a collaboration between several local creatives: artist and sculptor Michael Kalish and the architects at Oyler Wu Collaborative. The piece consists of an immense, two-story steel framework, more than five miles of cable, and more than 1,300 suspended speedbags.