A stunning tribute to Chadwick Boseman is now on display at Disneyland.
The Disney Theme Parks Twitter account shared video on Thursday of a mural depicting the late Black Panther star, as it was unveiled in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, California.
Designed by former Disney Imagineer and current concept artist Nikkolas Smith, the mural is titled “King Chad.” An Imagineer is Disney’s term for theme park designers and engineers.
The artwork shows Boseman doing a Wakanda salute alongside a child wearing a hospital gown and Black Panther mask. In the unveiling video, a curtain is opened to reveal the mural and Smith steps in to sign his creation.
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Boseman passed away at age 43 on Aug. 28, after a four-year battle with colon cancer. While the actor kept his illness private, he frequently visited hospitals to help lift the spirits of sick children.
Smith shared his thoughts on Instagram about his tribute to the actor, saying he was humbled by the experience.
“It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the Avengers Campus,” he wrote. “To millions of kids, T’Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I’m so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick’s life and purpose in this way.”