In 1986, the banner (90’ x 30’ feet) titled, “CityKids Speak on Liberty” was painted by legendary artist and
renowned SoHo resident, Keith Haring, in conjunction with The CityKids Foundation. This one of a kind piece
of art depicts one of Haring’s most beloved images, The Statue of Liberty. Additionally, it is often referred to as
one of the most meaningful pieces in the entire Haring oeuvre.
The painting was conceived over a three-day period, in which 1,000 young people (CityKids) from all over New
York City gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to collaborate with Haring in the creation of this
incredible work of art.
The “CityKids Speak on Liberty Banner” is a unique, brightly-colored, six story mural created by the late
artist Keith Haring commemorating the Statue of Liberty on her 100th birthday. A black, pop-art outline of Miss
Liberty on a yellow nylon background exhibits the personal interpretations of what liberty meant to them.
Celebrities such as Herbie Hancock, Yoko Ono, Philip Glass, and Mrs. Matilda Cuomo were also at the
The completed banner was originally debuted at Liberty Tower in Battery Park City over the Fourth of July
celebration in 1986, and has subsequently exhibited in select cities such as Milan, Italy; Paris, France and was
featured as a back drop of Paul McCartney’s pre-game show at Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. This will
be the first time the banner has been unveiled in New York City in more than two decades.