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Art in the Parks

Through collaborations with a diverse group of arts organizations and artists, Parks brings to the public both experimental and traditional art in many park locations. Please browse our list of current exhibits below, explore our archives of past exhibits or read more about the Art in the Parks Program.

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Tomoaki Suzuki, Carson from Lilliput, courtesy of the High Line,  Photo by Austin Kennedy

Various, Lilliput
April 19, 2012 to April 14, 2013
Throughout the High Line
The High Line, Manhattan

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Lilliput will reflect on the traditional role of public art by offering a counterbalance to the monumental scale often employed for plaza sculptures and other outdoor installations in public spaces. As the first project in the HIGH LINE COMMISSIONS series for spring, 2012, Lilliput will feature miniature sculptures installed in unusual and unexpected places at the High Line – amongst the vegetation and along the pathway – to create an art treasure hunt for visitors. Lilliput takes its title from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, conjuring a magical world populated by fairy tale creatures, mysterious idols, and dreamlike landscapes.

Lilliput will feature installations by six artists from around the globe:
Oliver Laric, Alessandro Pessoli, Tomoaki Suzuki, Francis Upritchard, Erika Verzutti, llyson Vieira

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of the High Line.

Bryan Hunt, Hoodoo, Courtesy of Parks Art & Antiquities

Bryan Hunt, Bryan Hunt on Park Avenue
August 29, 2011 to November 18, 2011
Park Avenue, 52nd Street-57th Street
Park Avenue Malls, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

​Hunt’s ten-work survey of his Waterfall sculpture series will be the largest and most ambitious outdoor display of his work to date. This retrospective grouping, spanning from 1977 to 2006, brings the outdoor sculpture series, for which he is best known, together for the first time.

Bryan Hunt’s cast bronze and aluminum Waterfalls are the physical outcome of decades-long pursuit to capture water as a found object and sculptural element, frozen and abstracted from nature. His study of water allows him to explore sculptural casting processes as much as natural waterfall compositions. In the 1970s, Hunt became captivated by the sensuality of traditional sculpture by artists like Auguste Rodin, and was inspired to similarly mold and model his works, a deviation from the Minimalist trends of the time. Cast from models in chiseled plaster and wet clay, Hunt’s sculptures are made from molten metal which, as it hardens, simulates arrested water.   His sculptural cascading forms give, in Hunt’s words, “liquid a tangible form”.

In 2006 Parks & Recreation unveiled Hunt’s permanent outdoor public sculpture entitled Coenties Ship, part of Hunt’s “airships” series. This twenty-one foot tall sculpture, fabricated from stainless steel and glass, is located at Coenties Slip Park in lower Manhattan.  On behalf of the City and New York, he also designed commemorative pieces from World Trade Center steel later given to families of the victims of 9/11.

Exhibitions on Park Avenue are presented with the Sculpture Committee of The Fund for Park Avenue.

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