Just three years before his death – and two years shy of his 30th birthday – pop artist Keith Haring visited 22nd and Ellsworth in South Philly to paint one of his iconic murals, “We the Youth.” The PA-born artist (Haring grew up outside of Reading and briefly attended Kutztown University) was already one of the most famous American artists by the time he began his mural project here. Inspired by his radiant babies and lyrical, almost child-like figures that that first decorated the New York City subways before catching the attention of the fine art elite, the 25-year-old mural had suffered the ravages of time and weather, and was in desperate need of care or risked being lost forever.
Philadelphia Mural Arts has been painstakingly restored by lead artist Kim Alsbrooks (along with Jennifer Procacci, Charles Newman, Laura Velez and Malachi Floyd) in time for a public unveiling on Nov. 2 (1 p.m.). It’s one of 45 murals that Haring completed worldwide before his death from AIDS complications by 1990. It took a team of almost 15 artists and contractors to make this happen, including months and months of stucco work, as well as repairing the roof and wall.Upcoming Keith Haring mural restoration dedication/block party, which will be next Saturday, November 2nd.
This will be a huge community event, with DJ King Britt, a performance by CityKids, face painting, food trucks and more. This will certainly be something to check out.
Mural Arts Dedication: Keith Haring’s We The Youth
November 2nd, 1-3 PM
Music from DJ King Britt
Check out the Mural Arts write up on it: http://muralarts.org/about/
press/keith-harings-iconic- pop-mural-south-philly- restored
& here is a flyer with information about the event (below).