Juxtapoz magazine recently reported on the unveiling of a massive Keith Haring mural in Amsterdam. Last week, a formerly hidden piece by the late New York artist was unveiled at a press conference in the city’s historic Marktkwartier (Market Quarter).
The mural, which serves as the biggest Haring mural in Europe at a whopping 40-feet tall, was uncovered after 30 years of being out of sight. The mural is classic Haring, featuring a white-outlined figure riding a strange sea creature, and was first created in 1986.
The white line painting was done on the outside wall of the Stedelijk Museum during his indoor exhibit. It was intended to be a gift from Haring to the working-class neighbourhood of Amsterdam. However, it disappeared from view a few years later when the brick wall was weatherboarded to improve climate control. Over the last ten years, graffiti artist Aileen Middel (a.k.a. Mick La Rock) fought its demolition and pushed for the mural to be revealed once again. And we are grateful. The piece is currently not accessible to the public but can be viewed from West Amsterdam street Willem de Zwijgerlaan.