You might be able to quote a bit of Shakespeare. Maybe you have a good Dr. Seuss rhyme you’ve turned into your own personal mantra. But, no other bit of poetry has made a social impact quite like the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Just as quickly as you read the show title, the infamous rap started blaring through your head. It’s ok to admit it. Well to recognize Will Smith for this cultural impact, as well as his many contributions to entertainment/society, artist Richard Wilson chose to paint a 65-foot portrait of megastar right in West Philadelphia.
The large scaled mural is just blocks away from the high school from which Smith attended, and overlooks the West Philadelphia Global Leadership Academy Charter School. The Charter School is using the portrait as inspiration to the children of Philadelphia to remind them that every dream is obtainable. Wilson’s inspiration for the piece derived from the Kehinde Wiley’s presidential portrait of Barack Obama which magnifies the significance of Smith’s presence in the community. Smith was obviously blown away by this act of gratitude and even gets emotional in the clip below. To return the gratitude, Smith has created a line of merchandise to garner proceeds that will benefit both the artist and the West Philadelphia Global Leadership Academy Charter School. Check out the video below, and consider this your Monday motivation!