“King Chad” artwork now on permanent display at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital

Nikkolas Smith, Daniel, and CHLA President and CEO Paul S. Viviano, courtesy Los Angeles Children’s Hospital (Photo credit: Disney)

The artwork “King Chad” created by former Disney imaginary Nikkolas Smith, was donated to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital by the artist.

The piece may appear familiar to many as it was previously on display in the Downtown Disney district of Disneyland.

Smith’s play was meant to honor the life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman who played the character of T’challa / Black Panther. Sadly, Mr. Boseman died of cancer last summer. Now the piece is on display to help inspire sick children, their families, friends and caregivers.

Artist Nikkolas Smith with Daniel, 11, a CHLA cancer patient.  Courtesy of Los Angeles Children's Hospital

Nikkolas Smith was honored to donate the coin and said that bringing hope is “the greatest gift”

It is just a great honor for me personally to be able to donate this work of art to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, where I know it will inspire patients undergoing treatment and serve as a reminder not only of the heart. of Chadwick, but also of his struggle with which cancer. To see my art living in such a special place where he can bring hope to others – it truly is one of the greatest gifts I can receive. “

Smith worked for Disney for 11 years and during that time he worked with the Children’s Hospital so it has always been very important to him personally.

One of the very first things I did when I joined Disney was to visit the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, which was incredibly emotional for me, especially now as a father. I was also honored to visit the set of Black Panther, where I met Chadwick in person and witnessed his kindness firsthand. Looking at this piece of art now, it truly married 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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