Chadwick Boseman honoured at Disneyland with a Black Panther mural
The Black Panther star died on August 28 after battling colon cancer for over four years
Weeks after the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, a Black Panther mural featuring the late actor, who brought alive the popular superhero on screen, has been unveiled at Disneyland.
The theme park unveiled the mural in its Downtown Disney shopping district, California. The artwork by Nikkolas Smith has the late star giving the famous Wakanda salute to a young fan wearing a Black Panther mask.
Smith shared photos of the artwork on Instagram. The installation is titled King Chad. "This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney," he wrote. "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."
The child in the mural is wearing a hospital gown, to honour the late Black Panther star who visited cancer-stricken children at St Jude campus.
"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," Smith wrote. "I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way. I am grateful to the Disney family for being so supportive of my journey as an artist."
My #KingChad tribute is now on display at Downtown Disney. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick’s life and purpose in this way. I am grateful to the @Disney family for being so supportive of my journey as an artist.— NIKKOLAS (@4NIKKOLAS) September 24, 2020
#WakandaForever @Disneyland pic.twitter.com/jbav7ItqA7
Boseman died on August 28. He was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer, and over four years, it progressed to stage 4, his family had revealed. Boseman never spoke publicly about his diagnosis.