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Muhammad Ali - Springfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 06.131 W 072° 35.380
18T E 699304 N 4663933
Quick Description: A painted utility box just south of 1390 Main Street in Springfield features titled Muhammad Ali has a portrait of the boxer, a parody of a nearby sculpture and cast members of the Sopranos.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 6/20/2016 5:17:10 AM
Waymark Code: WMRFR5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 1

Long Description:
Eighteen artists have been chosen by the Springfield Central Cultural District to paint and beautify electrical utility boxes in the downtown area of Springfield. The first boxes were painted on Monday May 23, 2016 and the program will continue throughout the month and beyond. Many of the paintings will be sponsored by local organizations and businesses.

John Simpson is well known for painting a series of murals in downtown Springfield that feature celebrities. This utility box is primarily a tribute to Muhammad Ali who died on June 3, 2016. His image appears on the sidewalk side. The south side contains three vertically arranged portraits. They appear to be Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and James Gandolfini - Carmela Soprano, Meadow Soprano and Tony Soprano. The street side is a parody of a silhouette sculpture of a huge bird directly opposite the utility box to the west. In the parody the bird is feeding a worm to its two young birds. A pair of butterflies surround the meter on the north side.
Name of Artist: John Simpson

Title of the Art: Muhammad Ali

Year Decorated: 2016

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