Will Smith was born and raised in West Philadelphia and now he had become a certified hometown hero.
Recently, a British artist, Richard Wilson, was always known for his celebrity murals, soccer superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, and music legend Stevie Wonder. He painted a 60-foot mural of Will Smith on the wall of Guvurtz Furniture at 4545 W. Girard Ave in West Philly in the honor of Will Smith. It was posed in an allusion to Kehinde Wiley’s presidential portrait of Barack Obama.
Wilson said to Philadelphia Tribune, “I wanted it to be in an area from where he’s from.
I wanted it to mean something. I’ve been so inspired by the way he’s lived his life and the positive things he’s said and done, I felt I had to do something here in Philadelphia.”
To this, Will Smith responded and posted on social media, “THANK U@RichardWilsonArtwork. I am Humbled & Honored! Hey, Philly… I’ll be Home SOON to See it in-person.”
He added, “The idea that there would be a mural of me on the side of a school in West Philadelphia just wrecked me. Growing up, my mother and father and grandmother demanded no less of me than to represent the family every time I stepped out in a way that was helpful to others.”
Will Smith was moved to see his mother’s face when she was looking at his mural. He said, “To see my mother’s face when she looked at the mural, that was profoundly moving for me.”
According to the Philly Voice, Will Smith has also created merchandise inspired by Wilson’s mural for raising funds for the Global Leadership Academy Charter School. The school will receive all of the proceeds and donations.