New Market Street mural depicting Robin WIlliams

- There’s a new giant mural on Market Street in San Francisco depicting the late comedian and actor Robin Williams. And when you look at it, there's this sad, yet comforting, feeling associated with the familiar blue eyes. 

Williams’ eyes and nose are bordered by silver hair and the lower half of his face disappears into the sidewalk. The artwork, painted by a street artist from Argentina named Combre, was inspired by a 2011 photograph by Peter Hapak, according to SFGATE. The image of Williams was on full display Sunday, six days after Combre started. 

"I decided to make Robin's mural because we love him here in Argentina," Combre said, per SFGATE. "He was there all my childhood and I always thought he was an amazing person and artist. Then I heard that you guys love him too in his hometown."

And Combre thoughtfully chooses his subjects. He wants his work to resonate with the people who view it most, so selecting Williams for San Franciscans to enjoy wasn’t a difficult choice.  

"Everywhere I go I try to paint somebody the people connect with, as an homage somehow," Combre said, per SFGATE. "I like those tributes or monuments; it is the only thing I can do for him."

Williams died Aug. 11, 2014. He was found by his 20-year assistant in his Tiburon home. The coroner ruled his death a suicide that resulted from asphyxia caused by hanging. 

A biography entitled “Robin,” written by New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, hit the shelves in May. And then last month, a documentary called “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” debuted on HBO. 

The Market Street mural, which can be found between Sixth and Seventh streets, is among other recent, local nods to the beloved actor. In 2015, the city renamed the rainbow-arched tunnel which connects San Francisco and Marin to honor Williams. And last year, the city named a section of Golden Gate Park after the comedian. 

If you need help or know of someone in need, the National Suicide Hotline is there for you: 800-273-8255 or suicide and crisis hotline (855) 278-4204.
 

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