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Artist honors Muhammad Ali with moving Central Square mural

The tribute appeared over the weekend, following the death of the famed fighter.

Muhammad Ali mural in Central Square. Brian Wentworth

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.

Graffiti artist Brian Wentworth, 29, who goes by bdub, had quickly spray painted a piece in Central Square’s Modica Way.

Muhammad Ali mural in Central Square.

Brian Wentworth spray painting the mural.

“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.”

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Muhammad Ali mural in Central Square.

Muhammad Ali mural in Central Square.

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.

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”

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“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!”

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Muhammad Ali mural in Central Square.

Muhammad Ali mural in Central Square.

 

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