“King Chad,” the incredible piece of art dedicated to the late Chadwick Boseman, has found a permanent home at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), according to the Disney Parks Blog.
- “King Chad,” which was previously displayed at Downtown Disney in Disneyland Resort, was moved to CHLA yesterday.
- The move comes as a generous donation by concept artist and former Disney Imagineer Nikkolas Smith.
- This special tribute to Boseman, the star of Marvel’s Black Panther, will now bring joy and inspiration to the patients at CHLA.
- During his time as an imagineer, Smith worked on Disney’s children’s hospital programs as well as Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure.
- The Walt Disney Company and CHLA have had a decades-long relationship as part of the company’s children’s hospitals initiative.
- This initiative had allowed the company to bring immersive experiences and personal moments to hospitals around the world.
What they’re saying:
- Concept artist and former Disney Imagineer Nikkolas Smith: “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: “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.”