Muhammad Ali always said he was the prettiest thing that ever lived. He has a point. It does take a certain beauty to make 1,300 punching bags, five miles of stainless steel and two miles of aluminum tubing look like a work of art. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a talented sculptor rendering those materials.
California artist Michael Kalish will unveil his Ali art installation, “reALIze,” later this month in Los Angeles. The project, which depicts the three-time heavyweight champ by using speed bags, stands two stories high, fills up 15,00 cubic feet and includes five miles of stainless steel, two miles of aluminum tubing and 1,300 of Ali’s favorite practice targets. Kalish told the Los Angeles Times that it took three months to design the sculpture and five months to build it.