It's been about a year since Kevin Hart got a mural in Philly, and now another local mega-celebrity — Will Smith — is getting his due.
London artist Richard Wilson is working on a 60-foot mural of Smith in a project at 4545 Girard Ave. in the actor's old West Philadelphia stomping grounds. The mural is on the side of the Gevurtz Furniture building.
As Wilson said on Instagram, the project is being done in collaboration with the Global Leadership Academy Charter School, which is across from the mural. He is working out of the school and plans to teach an art class there during the project.
The work is not a Mural Arts Philadelphia project. As Cari Feiler Bender, a representative for that organization said, Mural Arts paired Wilson with the charter school as a form of community engagement. Wilson arrived with his own funding.
The artist, Bender said, was inspired to paint the mural after following Smith's Instagram account, which spreads the star's positive, peaceful outlook on life. The account has about 16.1 million followers.
Wilson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Work on the mural began last week, and it is unclear when it is expected to be finished, but Bender said Wilson was making rapid progress.