The CityKids Foundation rocked the art world by announcing that the largest piece of legendary, pop art icons, Keith Haring’s artwork will be put up for sale.
However, before this memorable and moving piece is sold and sent to either an individual’s private collection or a museum (that could possibly be out of New York City or the United States) organizers wanted to give the tristate area one last time to see this amazing, inspirational piece of art with their own eyes.
The “CityKids Speak on Liberty” banner was displayed for the first time in the New York City area in more than two decades on Thursday, June 25th at Liberty State Park on Green Ring Field. This might be the last sneak peek we all get of Keith’s participatory work before it finds its final home.
In 1986, the banner (90’ x 30’ feet or six stories) titled, “CityKids Speak on Liberty” was painted by legendary artist and renowned SoHo resident, Keith Haring, in conjunction with The City Kids Foundation. This one of a kind piece of art depicts one of Haring’s most beloved images, The Statue of Liberty.
Additionally, it is often referred to as one of the most meaningful pieces in the entire Haring oeuvre. The mural commemorates the Statue of Liberty on her 100th birthday and consists of a black, pop-art outline of Lady Liberty on a yellow nylon background; which exhibits the personal interpretations of what liberty meant to them.
The painting was conceived over a three-day period, in which 1,000 young people (CityKids) from all over New York City gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to collaborate with Haring in the creation of this incredible work of art. The completed banner was originally debuted at Liberty Tower in Battery Park City over the Fourth of July celebration in 1986, and has subsequently been exhibited in select cities such as Milan, Italy; Paris, France and was featured as a back drop of Paul McCartney’s pre- game show at Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of The CityKids Foundation, an organization that empowers young people ages 13 to 22 through cutting edge youth development, arts and educational programs that provide the knowledge, skills, and confidence to succeed in school, the workplace, and in life. The sale of the banner will solely support the continuation of City Kids and its critical to millions of young people everywhere. Like many foundations funding is a priority, and the sale of this asset is not being undertaken lightly. Proceeds from the sale ensure the survival of the foundation.
Interested parties in the purchase and responsible collection of the Haring mural may contact Clayton Campbell at Campbell Consultants Group, email@example.com.