haring-melbourne.jpg “It’s the only permanent thing that I did while I was in Australia,” said Keith Haring in 1984 after painting a mural in a Melbourne suburb and art peeps are trying to keep it that way. Sounds noble, as long as they don’t dare repaint it, an option which has been debated.

The paint is cracking badly and the last time it was restored was in 1996, when it cost less than $200 a year to maintain. But now, 14 years later, it could cost as much as $22,000 to fix and almost $1000 a year to keep up. |The Art Newspaper|