Size: 91.44h x 61w x 3d cm (36h x 24w x 1.18d inches)
Media: Mixed media with vintage banknotes and antique newsprint on clear block, resin finish and custom walnut frame.
'G.O.A.T.' is an original artwork by Mariano, a Buenos Aires-born, Brooklyn-based street artist known by his tag BNS.
Muhammad Ali is also known as the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Times), hence the inscription on his knuckles and an anatomy drawing of a goat’s skull silkscreened in black as one of the layers of the piece. Proclaiming himself as “the greatest”, the boxer referred not only to his skills in the ring, but also to his love for speeches. His famous quotes such as “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, “You traded heaven for hell, baby” can be seen as tattoos on his body (the first one as an actual butterfly with a sting, the other one, originally addressed to his wife upon their break-up, as a phrase tattooed all over his chest).
Among his other tattoos, a spider web on his shoulder represents the trap he found himself in when convicted of violating selective service laws: at that time he got his boxing license revoked and his passport had been taken away, so he could not make a living by boxing neither in nor outside the United States. Silkscreened flowers in white ink stand for peace and are included for the same reason – Ali’s fighting against the war. His torso says Louisville, his hometown; his left forearm features Malcolm X, whom he followed closely; and his eyebrow reads “Thrilla” reminding the viewer of the third and last fight against Joe Frazier in Manilla.
BNS draws inspiration from the energy of the city context in which he has always lived, be it Buenos Aires, New York or more recently Barcelona. Through his murals in urban spaces he is continuously leaving a vibrant imprint in the public space, letting his work flow on, as well as off, the streets.
Please note the visual simulations of the artwork in a domestic setting included in the photo gallery are provided purely as a visual reference and may not be to scale. If you have a specific space in mind for the artwork, you can email us with the details and we can create a mock up of your space with this specific artwork to scale for you.