Artist Paints David Ortiz Mural in Somerville’s Assembly Row
The Big Papi tributes just keep coming as David Ortiz’s final season with the Red Sox nears its end.
After receiving his own scented candle and Lego statue, Boston’s beloved slugger is now being honored in Assembly Row thanks to Muse Paintbar artist Brian Wentworth. Also known as “Bdub,” the Somerville resident spent five hours painting the dedication to Ortiz in front of a crowd at last weekend’s Riverfest in Assembly Square.
The process behind creating Wentworth’s mural was captured in a timelapse video, which is embedded below.
“David Ortiz means so much to the city of Boston. He’s a living legend,” the artist says in the clip. “A legend, to me, is somebody like Big Papi. He steps up to the plate when he needs to and comes through.”
“Most importantly, everything he does, he has a big smile on his face,” Wentworth adds. “Hopefully the painting makes people smile, makes them remember what an impact he has made through his career for the Red Sox and for the city.”
Prior to honoring Big Papi, the local artist created a graffiti mural dedicated to late boxing legend and civil rights icon Muhammad Ali in Cambridge’s Central Square.