Robin Williams: a Portrait in Chalk

“In America they really do mythologize people when they die.”
—Robin Williams (1952–2014)

Washington Square Park, Robin Williams, Chalk, Portrait, Ephemeral, Waiting for Godot, Steve Martin, Greenwich Village, Hat, Smile, Lincoln Center, 1988 “In America they really do mythologize people when they die.” —Robin Williams (1952–2014) Let the mythologizing begin! I found this portrait in chalk of Robin Williams on the pavement near the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park. The ephemeral nature of the medium, plus heavily-trafficked location, ensures that this loving tribute will not be with us for long. It serves as a metaphor of Mr. Williams’ life and for our own. Without a doubt this is a recognizable likeness of Mr. Williams. Is the likeness a film character of his? I must admit that the only film starring him that I have seen is The Birdcage. What with the hat, he resembles Estragon, the character he portrayed in Lincoln Center’s 1988 production of Waiting for Godot. Steve Martin played the other main character, Vladimir. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” —Robin Williams “Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.” —Robin Williams “Comedy is acting out optimism.” —Robin Williams “Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ” —Robin Williams

Chalk portrait of Robin Williams in Washington Square Park

Let the mythologizing begin! I found this portrait in chalk of Robin Williams on the pavement near the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park. I like how the artist used the shape of the paving stones to form a frame. The ephemeral nature of the medium, plus the heavily-trafficked location, ensures that this loving tribute will not be with us for long. It serves as a metaphor of Mr. Williams’ life and for our own.

Washington Square Park, Robin Williams, Chalk, Portrait, Ephemeral, Waiting for Godot, Steve Martin, Greenwich Village, Hat, Smile, Lincoln Center, 1988 “In America they really do mythologize people when they die.” —Robin Williams (1952–2014) Let the mythologizing begin! I found this portrait in chalk of Robin Williams on the pavement near the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park. The ephemeral nature of the medium, plus heavily-trafficked location, ensures that this loving tribute will not be with us for long. It serves as a metaphor of Mr. Williams’ life and for our own. Without a doubt this is a recognizable likeness of Mr. Williams. Is the likeness a film character of his? I must admit that the only film starring him that I have seen is The Birdcage. What with the hat, he resembles Estragon, the character he portrayed in Lincoln Center’s 1988 production of Waiting for Godot. Steve Martin played the other main character, Vladimir. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” —Robin Williams “Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.” —Robin Williams “Comedy is acting out optimism.” —Robin Williams “Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ” —Robin Williams

Chalk portrait of Robin Williams in Washington Square Park

Without a doubt this is a recognizable likeness of Mr. Williams. Is the likeness a film character of his? I must admit that the only film starring him that I have seen is The Birdcage. What with the hat, he resembles Estragon, the character he portrayed in Lincoln Center’s 1988 production of Waiting for Godot. Steve Martin played the other main character, Vladimir.

Washington Square Park, Robin Williams, Chalk, Portrait, Ephemeral, Waiting for Godot, Steve Martin, Greenwich Village, Hat, Smile, Lincoln Center, 1988 “In America they really do mythologize people when they die.” —Robin Williams (1952–2014) Let the mythologizing begin! I found this portrait in chalk of Robin Williams on the pavement near the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park. The ephemeral nature of the medium, plus heavily-trafficked location, ensures that this loving tribute will not be with us for long. It serves as a metaphor of Mr. Williams’ life and for our own. Without a doubt this is a recognizable likeness of Mr. Williams. Is the likeness a film character of his? I must admit that the only film starring him that I have seen is The Birdcage. What with the hat, he resembles Estragon, the character he portrayed in Lincoln Center’s 1988 production of Waiting for Godot. Steve Martin played the other main character, Vladimir. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” —Robin Williams “Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.” —Robin Williams “Comedy is acting out optimism.” —Robin Williams “Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ” —Robin Williams

Chalk portrait of Robin Williams in Washington Square Park with the Washington Arch in the background.

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” —Robin Williams

Washington Square Park, Robin Williams, Chalk, Portrait, Ephemeral, Waiting for Godot, Steve Martin, Greenwich Village, Hat, Smile, Lincoln Center, 1988 “In America they really do mythologize people when they die.” —Robin Williams (1952–2014) Let the mythologizing begin! I found this portrait in chalk of Robin Williams on the pavement near the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park. The ephemeral nature of the medium, plus heavily-trafficked location, ensures that this loving tribute will not be with us for long. It serves as a metaphor of Mr. Williams’ life and for our own. Without a doubt this is a recognizable likeness of Mr. Williams. Is the likeness a film character of his? I must admit that the only film starring him that I have seen is The Birdcage. What with the hat, he resembles Estragon, the character he portrayed in Lincoln Center’s 1988 production of Waiting for Godot. Steve Martin played the other main character, Vladimir. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” —Robin Williams “Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.” —Robin Williams “Comedy is acting out optimism.” —Robin Williams “Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ” —Robin Williams

Chalk portrait of Robin Williams in Washington Square Park

“Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs.” —Robin Williams

Washington Square Park, Robin Williams, Chalk, Portrait, Ephemeral, Waiting for Godot, Steve Martin, Greenwich Village, Hat, Smile, Lincoln Center, 1988 “In America they really do mythologize people when they die.” —Robin Williams (1952–2014) Let the mythologizing begin! I found this portrait in chalk of Robin Williams on the pavement near the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park. The ephemeral nature of the medium, plus heavily-trafficked location, ensures that this loving tribute will not be with us for long. It serves as a metaphor of Mr. Williams’ life and for our own. Without a doubt this is a recognizable likeness of Mr. Williams. Is the likeness a film character of his? I must admit that the only film starring him that I have seen is The Birdcage. What with the hat, he resembles Estragon, the character he portrayed in Lincoln Center’s 1988 production of Waiting for Godot. Steve Martin played the other main character, Vladimir. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” —Robin Williams “Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.” —Robin Williams “Comedy is acting out optimism.” —Robin Williams “Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ” —Robin Williams

Chalk portrait of Robin Williams in Washington Square Park with the fountain in the background.

“Comedy is acting out optimism.” —Robin Williams

Washington Square Park, Robin Williams, Chalk, Portrait, Ephemeral, Waiting for Godot, Steve Martin, Greenwich Village, Hat, Smile, Lincoln Center, 1988 “In America they really do mythologize people when they die.” —Robin Williams (1952–2014) Let the mythologizing begin! I found this portrait in chalk of Robin Williams on the pavement near the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park. The ephemeral nature of the medium, plus heavily-trafficked location, ensures that this loving tribute will not be with us for long. It serves as a metaphor of Mr. Williams’ life and for our own. Without a doubt this is a recognizable likeness of Mr. Williams. Is the likeness a film character of his? I must admit that the only film starring him that I have seen is The Birdcage. What with the hat, he resembles Estragon, the character he portrayed in Lincoln Center’s 1988 production of Waiting for Godot. Steve Martin played the other main character, Vladimir. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” —Robin Williams “Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.” —Robin Williams “Comedy is acting out optimism.” —Robin Williams “Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ” —Robin Williams

Chalk portrait of Robin Williams in Washington Square Park

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ”
—Robin Williams

Washington Square Park, Robin Williams, Chalk, Portrait, Ephemeral, Waiting for Godot, Steve Martin, Greenwich Village, Hat, Smile, Lincoln Center, 1988 “In America they really do mythologize people when they die.” —Robin Williams (1952–2014) Let the mythologizing begin! I found this portrait in chalk of Robin Williams on the pavement near the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park. The ephemeral nature of the medium, plus heavily-trafficked location, ensures that this loving tribute will not be with us for long. It serves as a metaphor of Mr. Williams’ life and for our own. Without a doubt this is a recognizable likeness of Mr. Williams. Is the likeness a film character of his? I must admit that the only film starring him that I have seen is The Birdcage. What with the hat, he resembles Estragon, the character he portrayed in Lincoln Center’s 1988 production of Waiting for Godot. Steve Martin played the other main character, Vladimir. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” —Robin Williams “Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.” —Robin Williams “Comedy is acting out optimism.” —Robin Williams “Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ” —Robin Williams

Chalk portrait of Robin Williams in Washington Square Park

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