CHICAGO — A 50-by-60-foot mural of Kris Bryant is a latest display of Chicago Cubs pride in the city’s Wrigleyville neighborhood.
The well-known street artists Hebru Brantley and Max Sansing collaborated on the mural by combing their unique artistic talents of graffiti and photorealism.
The massive mural, which took a total of five days to complete, features Bryant with a flaming baseball bat and a blue Cubs hat. The artwork by his face also tells parts of Bryant’s story, like his jersey No. 17 and his nickname “KABOOM!”
The mural is painted on the wall of the HVAC Pub, located at 3530 N Clark St. The owners proposed the idea for this painting as a way to show support for Bryant and the Cubs, and RedBull commissioned Brantley and Sansing to do the job.
“We’re talking about an individual [who] has been able to perform certain feats, and do certain things that have made them exceptional or above and beyond the rest,” Brantley told RedBull.com.
“I mean, as young as I am, I don’t know if I deserve this quite yet,” Bryant, 24, said. “But it’s really an honor.”
The All-Star third baseman was named last year’s National League Rookie of the Year.