In February 1989, Keith Haring made this 34 meter mural, on what at the time was a dirty wall in the most degraded part of the Raval neighborhood.
The artist, well known at the time for his graffiti’s in the New York subway, only took five hours to paint the mural without a draft, prior study or project. He painted a long snake holding a needle, symbol of AIDS that at the time devastated the neighborhood.
Damaged by graffiti and on the verge of disappearing during the renovation of the square in 1992, thanks to pressure from the artist’s fans, before the works on the square, they traced the original drawing and took color samples to create a new mural.
In 2014 the mural was reproduced on a concrete wall in the Joan Corominas square behind the museum of contemporary art of Barcelona (MACBA).
Since 1988 Keith Haring knew he had AIDS, and from that moment will dedicate his efforts to fight against this epidemic. In 1990, aged 31, he died of complications from the disease.