Earlier this year, a classic mural by the late artist Keith Haring was recreated on Houston Street and Bowery in New York. The original had been created in 1982 and lasted just a few months before it was painted out. The new version, repainted by Gotham Scenic, was unveiled on what would have been Haring's 50th birthday (May 4th), but a few months later it underwent a dramatic transformation.
One July morning, downtown New Yorkers woke up to the same mural – with additions. Angel Ortiz aka Little Angel or LA II, admitted to tagging his old friend's work. As he told the New York Times, 'What keeps me going is my art. I wanted to show the foundation: this is LA II, this is how it all started.' Disrespectful vandalism or the spirit of true graffiti? The jury's still out. RM
Image: (top) Taeng Kwong Chi, Muna Taeng Dance Projects via Deitch Projects