Pop art aficionados should sit up and take notice—an enormous Keith Haring mural has recently been unveiled in the Netherlands. Standing at a whopping 40 feet tall, the giant mural has been hidden from view for almost 30 years. It was completed in 1986, a mere four years before Haring died due to AIDS-related illness. This piece is the artist’s largest ever public work in Europe. Haring’s line art style is evident, and the piece features Haring’s X-marked figure riding a hybrid creature with a fishtail and dog’s head.
Haring had originally gone to Amsterdam to paint on canvas, but upon his arrival requested the chance to create a more public work of art. The Stedelijk Museum offered him the brick wall of their storage facility where the artist created the 40-foot mural. When the Stedelijk Museum moved locations the mural was covered up by industrial cladding and was forgotten—it was only recently that Dutch graffiti artist Aileen Madel discovered its existence and started the movement to have it uncovered.
The mural will be restored by conservationists Will Shank and Antonio Rava.