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Mural dedicated to frontline health care workers pops up on Colfax

The city’s famed wall-art scene has begun to reflect the coronavirus age

Artist Austin Zucchini-Fowler had a surprise for Denverites on Easter: a mural depicting a frontline health care worker, emblazoned on a highly visible East Colfax Avenue wall.

The wall-sized painting, posted on Zucchini-Fowler’s Instagram account Sunday, shows a masked person in blue scrubs holding up boxing gloves while sporting wings. The mixture of down-to-earth and uplifting imagery is a tribute to the “angels” in the age of coronavirus, he said on Instagram.

“Thank you everyone for spreading this message,” Zucchini-Fowler wrote in the post, which had gathered nearly 1,500 likes by mid-week. “Most of all thank you Health care workers, you are our angels ! Happy Easter. #covi̇d19 #mural #streetart #denverart #doctor #painting”

Zucchini-Fowler also previewed the image in a short video four days ago, showing the outlines of the painting he was about to undertake, followed by a time-lapse video of himself (with a mask, of course) creating the image.

“Great progress today,” he wrote. “Shout out to all the medical professionals out there! This work is dedicated to all your efforts.

The image is located near the alley on Williams Street and East Colfax Avenue, CBS4 reported, caddy-corner from the Squire Lounge and next to a Taco Bell.

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