In 1989, when he painted his mural Tuttomondo on the wall behind the Church of S. Antonio, Keith Haring left the final trace of his art to Pisa.
His creative genius first expressed itself in the USA suburbs: Haring used chalk to draw on empty subway billboards and painted his early murals on the walls of abandoned buildings. His art was free, created for everybody. By breaking away from art galleries, the work of art entered daily life and reached the remotest parts of cities that, from being anonymous and grey, became festive and dynamic.
The many ingredients of his style owe much to cartoon drawings, industrial gadgets, the mass-media and to Jackson Pollock’s American informal art. Haring’s mural in Pisa is atypical for three different reasons: he made it in a city center and not in a grey metropolitan area, it was planned to be a permanent work, the artist gave it a title.
In the “old little Pisa”, Haring found the ideal place to summarize his artistic experience: this wall, placed between a train and a bus station, took the artist back to his early experiments but left a permanent trace of his revolutionary visual language, handing on a message of universal peace and inviting the public to join him.