Exceptional Denver artist Austin Zucchini-Fowler has created an extraordinary mural, as a heartfelt thank you to the amazingly courageous and dedicated work of the health care community, who daily risk their lives to save others during the pandemic and now this image will be incorporated on the Green and Gold World Boxing Council Belt, which will be defended by WBC Champion Errol Spence against Danny Garcia.
The mural is called: “Angel With Gloves” and Austin persuaded his landlord to allow him to use a spray can or two, on the imposing building, in order to create this veritable masterpiece. Austin explains that the inspiration is very close to home. Two of his Brothers are doctors and their Wives are nurses, while his other Brother is training to become a bio engineer.
Austin who has a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Denver, as well as being a Coach for US Club Swimming, decided to let his talent flow, using all of his decade of skills as a Fine Artist and two years as the creator of exquisite murals.
He set to work and it took him ten hours over two days to complete the work. He said: “This is close to my heart and this mural is gratitude to everyone`s efforts during the pandemic. It`s reception has been incredible. It`s something an artist can only dream about.”
The response has indeed been nothing short of absolutely stunning. The mural has caught the attention of millions, and it was featured in the New York Times. World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman saw it and contacted Austin, asking him for permission to use the Visual Image on an iconic Green and Gold Belt, to be presented to the winner of the Spence Vs Garcia WBC welterweight bout, scheduled for December. And Austin readily accepted. As a token of appreciation, Mauricio is sending Austin a special WBC Replica Belt.
Austin said: “I`m grateful for the reaction that the mural has had. I appreciate it and it really means a lot. It has been an opportunity for me to continue doing public works.”
So far Austin has created nine murals for buildings around Denver. He`s working to complete his latest depicting the trilogy of a doctor, nurse and cleaning worker, in time for Thanksgiving. It is in the lobby of the Denver Hospital. He stresses: “It`s my and our opportunity to say Thank You.”