03/01/2011 02:23 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Muhammad Ali Sculpture Made Of Punching Bags In LA (PHOTOS)

Paying homage to a legendary figure can be risky - you have to make sure your work is large enough to really pay tribute to the person's legacy, while not making it so large that it looks like mockery.

While Detroit has been hustling to get funding for a statue of RoboCop, LA-based sculptor Michael Kalish has created an enormous tribute to the great Muhammad Ali, called reALIze, to be unveiled to the public on March 25 at Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live.

Over the course of two years, Kalish put together 1,300 punching bags, 6.5 miles of stainless steel cable, and 2,500 pounds of aluminum pipe to build a 22-ft high sculpture. Only from the front does the sculpture resemble Muhammad Ali's face, while other angles offer a view of how the piece fits together. As a result, he achieves a sort of cool, tangible edition of pointillism. Kalish plans to travel with this installation around the country, with dates and cities to be named soon. Check out a sneak peek below.

Realize Ali Sculpture