DENVER (KUSA) – Using cans of spray paint and the side of a building as their canvas, a couple of street artists worked through the night Tuesday to create a unique tribute to actor Robin Williams.
Artists Danny Fernandez and Pat Milbery started work on the mural of Williams at the corner of 13th and Grant streets about 10 p.m. Tuesday. They were still fine-tuning the piece early Wednesday morning.
"Ever since Robin Williams passed away, I wanted to do a tribute to him," explained Fernandez, an artist from Vancouver who teamed up with Milbery to create the portrait of Williams as the character Mork from Mork and Mindy. "I was a big fan of [Robin Williams'] work, so I thought 'what better place than Denver?'" Fernandez added.
The artists brought out ladders, work lights and a boom box that blasted tunes while they worked. People passing by late Tuesday night stopped to take pictures on their cell phones of the massive mural.
"I think [Williams] was always the type of person that made people smile," Fernandez said. "I think the goal of this mural itself is the same thing, you know. Just to generate that same emotion that he did in his movies and the characters that he always played."
Fernandez said they chose to depict Williams as the character Mork because of the Colorado connection. Boulder was the setting for the 1970s sitcom, Mork and Mindy,and the house used for exterior shots in the show sits on Pine Street.
Fernandez and Milbery said the Mork mural was the fourth they'd worked on in Denver over the past five days. The mural was commissioned by the Buffalo Exchange clothing store on 13th Street.