This iconic painting of a man looking out a second floor window was painted on the side of the historic Waycott Building, located at 2432 W. Colorado Ave. in Old Colorado City, in 1979 by Laurence “Link” Linkus. The subject is the renowned local sculptor Michael Garman whose creation, “Magic Town,” can be toured at the nearby Michael Garman Galleries. In the late 1970’s Michael had his studio in the third floor of the Waycott Building, and loft space on the second floor. To the best of Michael’s recollection, he was sitting at the window one day taking a break from his work and having a beer. He saw a young artist painting on the exterior wall of the building in which Meadow Muffin’s restaurant was soon to open occupying the first floor. Michael decided to tease the young man and shouted down to him: “You know that the lowest form of an artist is a painter, right?” They both had a good laugh, but the next time Michael looked at the front of the building he saw that the young artist had painted a likeness of Michael on the wall depicting him with three beer cans looking out the window. Michael was in awe of the talent and initiative of the young artist.
That artist, Link, was tasked with painting faux leaded glass arched windows around the two small second story windows, on the south wall, so that they would appear to match the actual arched leaded glass windows on the third floor. “Link” was a staff artist for a number of years for Grand American Fare (G
2432 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
Medium type: Paint (acrylic, oil, etc.)
Date created: 1979