Keith Haring, Altarpiece

At Home: Provoking the Imagination in Clay 

Inspired by Keith Haring’s Altarpiece

Using a loop knife instead of a brush and without any preliminary sketches, Haring found a freedom and spontaneity working in clay. Determined to finish it before he died, Haring rapidly cut the design into clay, which was then cast into bronze after his death - Altarpiece his final work. The work has become a memorial to the artist and reflects Haring’s fundamental belief that art “should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.”


Experiment with carving lines into clay


  • Play dough, clay, or Styrofoam
  • Toothpick, broken pencil, unfolded paperclip