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Keith Haring Two Dancing Figures

I do love Lower Manhattan, I love wandering around and looking up at the ornate architecture like a tourist, I love reading the placards placed around indicating where the water’s edge used to be, and I love the high concentration of public art in such a small area. On a recent trip to Governors’ Island I was pleased to come across Keith Haring’s bright red and yellow 2 Dancing Figures, arm in arm and starting their own kick line, just across from the idling double decker tourist busses (which I was shocked to learn cost $60 for a tour!!). The piece is one of an edition of three, and was created by Haring in 1989. It appears in Lower Manhattan as part of the Lever House Collection, and captures all the vibrant movement that Haring was known for.




Who: Keith Haring

What: Two Dancing Figures

Where: 17 State Street

8 Responses to “Keith Haring Two Dancing Figures”
  1. I would love to hear from you! I am revising my guide, BEST Pocket Parks of NYC, and I just found info about Haring’s Dancing Figures on your site. I hope I can id many of the other pieces of art and sculptures featured in pocket parks throughout Manhattan! Please check out my website, Amazon for my book, and let me know if you want me to shoot you a copy of the original guide. I have a couple lying around. I’d love to add you as a contributor to my website AND possibly the book!

  2. Carly says:

    Very useful, Rob. I love the idea of being able to control the image that others share. Without it, you’re kinda left letting someone else be the art director of YOUR content. Great job “piecing toâehterg€ code stuff. You make it sound so easy (haha).

  3. Alison says:

    Does anyone know what happened to this sculpture? I’m a licensed tour guide and I wanted to show one of my clients this sculpture but it was replaced with something else. Does anyone know what happened to it? Why was it removed?

  4. Kristen says:

    Allison — I pass a strikingly similar sculpture on my drive home from work in Deal, NJ. It’s either the real deal (pun kind of intended) or a rip off that someone should probably talk to an attorney about. It’s in someone’s front/side yard.

  5. Alison Martin says:

    Since my last post almost a year ago, I found out from the designers of the current sculpture that the owner of Two Dancing Figures used to own the building until about a year and a half ago. Apparently he decided to remove it and take it somewhere upstate (or maybe it’s the same one that you say is in Deal, NJ, I don’t know) presumably because he no longer owns the building. The piece that’s there now is owned by IP Soft whose offices are in the building. Strangely enough, Figure Balancing on a Dog is still there and the person I talked to doesn’t know whether it will stay or go. It’s sad that Two Dancing Figures isn’t there anymore as it was so iconic and so many people love it, but I do hope Figure Balancing on a Dog stays.

  6. Lisa Finn says:

    Kristen, Where in Deal, NJ is this sculpture? I”m working on a story about Vanishing Public Art and would love to go find out more about where this was taken. Thank you!

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