Kim Bougaardt, Plascon Design Centre Blog Editor
With former president Nelson Mandela foremost on our minds, especially this week as we celebrate his life and legacy, you can be sure that Madiba’s magic will be heralded around the world.
One such story is from emerging Belgian artist, Phil Akashi, who pays tribute to our international hero and Mandela’s struggle against Apartheid. His painting is a portrait made from 27 000 boxing punches using black Cinnabar paste and a seal with the Chinese characters for freedom.
Phil Akashi: A Tribute to Madiba Art
“This artwork exemplifies Nelson Mandela’s 27 years of incarceration, but symbolizes his lifelong brave stand for equality. Nelson Mandela is an extraordinary artist of peace. He sacrificed his own freedom to fight for the freedom of others and therefore represents a fantastic source of inspiration for the entire world” – Phil Akashi
Also known as the seal artist, Shanghai-based Akashi uses East Asian seals to create unique artworks. This medium is forging a new artistic language that brings east and west, past and present, firmly together. Phil Akashi’s tribute can be found in the Shanghai Graffiti Park, surrounded by a mix of graffiti by other local street artists.
What will you be doing for your 67 minutes this Mandela Day?