Over the weekend, a mural popped up in Cambridge’s Central Square paying homage to Muhammad Ali. The fighter passed away on Friday at age 74.
“When I heard that Muhammad Ali passed away, I immediately knew how I wanted to do my part to memorialize his life,” Wentworth said. “I woke up that morning and within an hour started in on the mural. I wanted to paint something for the people that pass through Graffiti Alley everyday.”
Wentworth is originally from Connecticut but now lives and works in Somerville; he’s done a few pieces in Central Square over the past five months. Many passersby have photographed the Ali mural, adding some of Ali’s uplifting quotes as captions.
“When I was working on the mural, so many people stopped and thanked me for what I was doing,” Wentworth said. “The positive energy was flowing that day. You could feel the love. There’s something special about street art when it’s done in such a way that it touches the lives of those who see it. When you see a large painting of someone great like Ali, it makes you want to be great and do great things. That’s my hope, at least!”