“Tower,” Keith Haring’s exterior-stairwell painting at the Necker-Enfants Malades hospital in Paris’s 15th arrondissement. Photo: Jerome de Noirmont/Keith Haring Foundation, Noirmont Art Production, Paris

Heavily Damaged Keith Haring Mural Restored in Paris

A nearly 89-foot-high mural that Keith Haring painted on the exterior of a pediatric hospital in Paris, which was damaged after years of being battered by weather, has been fully restored, Roslyn Sulcas of the New York Times reports.

“I made this painting to amuse the sick children in this hospital, now and in the future,” Haring wrote in his diary. The American artist completed the work, titled Tower, with his former partner Juan Rivera in 1987. They painted it on the exterior of a stairwell at the Necker-Enfants Malades hospital in Paris’s fifteenth arrondissement.

The mural was also previously threatened with demolition when the hospital was planning renovation work in 2011. Efforts to save the piece were led by gallerist Jérôme de Noirmont and the Keith Haring Foundation. Conservators William Shank and Antonio Rava, who also restored Haring’s Tuttomondo, 1990, in Pisa, kept Haring’s original brushwork by cleaning and varnishing the work and only adding more paint when necessary. The hospital is working on adding a 97,000-square-foot garden at the base of the mural.