Keith Haring Kicks Things Off

In the summer of 1982, Keith Haring and fellow artist Juan Dubose brought their chalk and paint to the corners of Houston and Bowery. The two chose this slab of cement for its central location in the middle of an emerging downtown art scene, and because it was on the direct walking route for artists traveling back and forth between SoHo and the Lower East Side. The installation is said to be Haring's first large-scale public work and continues to resonate with New Yorkers nearly 30 year after it first appeared. The popularity of this piece helped further Haring's success and legacy, and immortalized the Houston Street and Bowery wall as a downtown landmark.

Houston Street and Bowery Graffiti Mural Wall
Mural by Keith Haring
Summer of 1982.