The art piece “King Chad” created by former Disney Imagineer Nikkolas Smith, has been donated to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles by the artist.
The piece may look familiar to many as it was previously displayed in the Downtown Disney District of Disneyland.
Smith’s piece was meant to honor the life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman who played the character of T’challa/ Black Panther. Sadly, Mr. Boseman passed away from cancer last summer. Now the piece is being displayed to help inspire sick children, their families, friends and caregivers.
Nikkolas Smith was honored to donate the piece and said that bringing hope is “the greatest gift”
“It’s just a huge honor for me personally to be able to donate this piece of art to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where I know it will inspire patients going through treatments and serve as a reminder of not only Chadwick’s heart, but also his relatable struggle with cancer. To see my art getting to live on at such a special place where it can bring hope to others – it is truly one of the greatest gifts I could receive.”
Smith was with Disney for 11 years and during that time he worked with the Children’s Hospital, so it’s always been very important to him personally.
“One of the very first things I did when I joined Disney was taking a tour of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which was incredibly moving for me, especially now as a father. I was also humbled to visit the set of Black Panther, where I met Chadwick in-person and witnessed his kindness firsthand. Looking at this artwork now, it really married together so many meaningful moments during my time at Disney.”
I just think it’s a very kind and special thing to do.
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Source: Disney Parks Blog
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