11. Restored Crack is Wack Mural
Crack is Wack mural restoration on September 14, 2019. Photo by Malcolm Pinckney / NYC Parks.
It’s been a while since New Yorkers have seen Keith Haring‘s Crack is Wack mural — it was under protective covering for four years during road construction and has been undergoing a restoration since August. And the version most well-known recently is not the original, which was painted over by the Parks Department back in 1986. Haring was fined but later asked to recreate the mural. It was repainted several times, most recently 2012.
Now, artist Louise Hunnicut has been working to strip the mural down, locating parts of the original mural under multiple layers of paint, and recreate the work. NYC Parks tells us that the mural restoration should be completed “soon” but no official date has been set yet.