A limited edition of the only complete set of casts from the hand of Muhammad Ali has been turned into a contemporary work of art, titled ?? Strength and Resistance, ?? for the benefit of UNICEF and the Muhammad Ali Center.
“These are my memories and my reasons for worshiping Muhammad Ali. Others will have theirs. These fists are not a sanctuary or an altar to his prophetic life ?? such idolatry had no place in his own religious observances – but they will focus anyone looking at them on the firmly grounded but in all other respects unfettered and superlative human being that they are iconic of ???? excerpt – essay by: Robert Storr
In 1998, Muhammad Ali commissioned artist Elliott Arkin to produce a set of casts of his iconic and legendary hands. The resulting plaster originals are the only complete three-dimensional replica and the only historical record of Ali’s monumental hands that exist. Arkin was familiar to the champion of his earlier designs for Ali’s nonprofit initiative, the World HeALIng Project promoting peace and understanding.
In 2020, Arkin was asked to revisit the life casts, rework them, and turn them into a very limited edition sculpture for fundraising purposes. As a contemporary work of art reflecting our times, while honoring the iconic life of Muhammad Ali as an athlete known as the greatest of all time and activist who defended human rights around the world , Arkin appropriately created a bronze and marble sculpture. title ?? Strength and resistance. ?? According to the project website:? The subtle yet powerful design of the artwork of interwoven and graceful forms fully showcases Ali’s unique combination of beauty, strength, intelligence and character. ?
Also included on the website the essay is titled ??The best?? by Robert Storr, former senior curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Officer in the French Ministry of Culture. Storr writes: ?? Since the Renaissance, sculptors have been called upon to make ?? casts of life ?? well-proportioned notable and / or exceptional people, much like Elliott Arkin was asked to make molds directly from the hands of the most extraordinary boxer of modern times. Their goal was to bring together the best parts of the prettiest men and women their age and from those parts, to shape an ideal composite. These are my memories and my reasons for worshiping Muhammad Ali. Others will have theirs. These fists are not a sanctuary or an altar to his prophetic life ?? such idolatry had no place in its own religious observances – but they will focus anyone looking at them on the firmly grounded but in all other respects unfettered and superlative human being that they are emblematic of.
The Fundraiser – A limited edition of just 20 bronze sculptures is sold with 100% of the net proceeds donated to UNICEF and the Muhammad Ali Center. Each hand / sculpture set is from earlier bronze casts from 1998 produced from the one-of-a-kind plaster original and includes the signatures of Elliott Arkin and Muhammad Ali plus, unique edition number # / 20
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