The mural was Haring's first major outdoor project but lasted only a few months because its colors began to fade in the sun. Haring decided to paint over the work himself, asking the photographer Tseng Kwong Chi to document it before he did. The photographs as well as paint samples recovered by scraping away 25 years of graffiti on the wall will allow Gotham Scenic, the studio in charge of the project, and which also restored Haring's Crack Is Wack mural in Harlem River Park last September under the foundation's direction, to engender a faithful replica.
The space is being donated by real estate developer Tony Goldman, who owns the wall. The mural will be up until December 21. Jeffrey Deitch, founder of Deitch Projects, commented, "At the time, the corner of Houston and Bowery was the center of the downtown art world, because the galleries were in SoHo and the artists were in the East Village.... This project is a celebration of the dynamism of this time."