Keith Haring: Crack is Wack

“Crack is Wack” is a public art display by Kieth Haring located in New York City on a handball court at 128th Street and 2nd Avenue. It was inspired by the crack epidemic in the city and was created by Haring without permission from the city. However once Haring completed the project, it was immediately put under the protection and jurisdiction of the City Department of Parks and still exists today,, despite it being created in 1986. The piece incorporates the words “Crack and Wack” as well as faces and figures. All of the human-like elements feature humans in some way dying. There are skulls as well as a person being held by his feet being fed to an alligator. There is also money falling into endlessness, showing that the crack epidemic is both unhealthy and costly.

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