Harlem, NEW YORK—When I was reading the July 2011 issue of Vogue featuring Emma Watson on the cover and touting the “Must Have Fall Looks” inside, I was intrigued by a photo of Olivia Wilde.
The image accompanies a profile of the actress titled “National Velvet” and shows her posing in an Alexander Wang outfit against a bold graphic wall. The wall is actually a mural created by Keith Haring in 1986 for an East Harlem park. The orange and black painting boasts an anti-drug message, “Crack is Wack,” commenting on an issue plaguing the neighborhood at the time.
I didn’t know the mural existed until I saw it in Vogue.
All photos by Arts Observer
According to the New York Times: “In noting the restoration…the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation did not mention that when Haring painted the mural, he did so illegally…”