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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its public art program, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation presents 40 art installations at parks throughout the five boroughs. All exhibitions are free and open to the public in this outdoor gallery.

In October 1967, Sculpture in Environment, the City’s first group exhibition of temporary public art, used the cityscape as a new context for works by Claes Oldenburg, Barnett Newman, George Rickey, and others. Since then, the Parks Department has hosted over 1,000 temporary outdoor art displays in parks Citywide. The works displayed have included both readymade sculpture and installations inspired by the characteristics and landscape of a specific site.

Some of the major exhibitions have included: Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely (1968); Louise Nevelson (1972); Mark di Suvero (1975); Henry Moore (1984); Noah’s Art group show (1989); Fernando Botero (1993); Keith Haring (1997); Whitney Biennial (2002, 2004); Otterness on Broadway (2004); and Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Gates (2005).

“Art in the Parks” exhibitors this October include key partners such as the Public Art Fund, Creative Time, Socrates Sculpture Park, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture, as well as galleries and independent artists. We are also grateful to the Museum of Modern Art for its participation

Download the Citywide Art in the Parks Map (PDF, 5 MB) Download the Art in the Parks Brochure (PDF, 323 KB) Additional Press Materials

Projects by Borough

Anna Craycroft, Lo! The Fiery Whirlpool Barretto Point Parkmap it George Sánchez-Calderón, Plinth, Monument, Stoop
Joyce Kilmer Park
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Michael Milton, Bronx Boogie
Van Cortlandt Parkmap it

Poe and Twain Projects
Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hillmap it
Osman Akan, The Third Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge Park map it
Anne Peabody, Fallen Nest
Fort Greene Parkmap it
Cameron Gainer, Nessie
Salt Marsh, Marine Parkmap it
Rebecca Pollock, Painted Furniture
J.J. Byrne Parkmap it
Stefany Anne Golberg, Anytime, Now. Somewhere, Here
Prospect Parkmap it
Arthur Simms, Real Estate for Birds
Prospect Parkmap it
David Hardy, Field Display # 2
Cadmmap itan Plaza
Javier Téllez, Games are Forbidden in the Labyrinth
McCarren Poolmap it
Jenny Holzer, Truisms Bench
Columbus Parkmap it
Steve Tobin, Steelroots
Prospect Park map it
Minsuk Cho, Ring Dome Pavilion
Petrosino Square
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Roxy Paine, Conjoined, Defunct and Erratic
Madison Square Parkmap it

City Lore, Your Guide to the Lower East Side
Straus Squaremap it

Adam Peachy and James Evans, Mural
Baruch Playgroundmap it

Donna Dennis, Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue
Park Avenue Mall at 54th Streetmap it
George Rickey, Two Open Rectangles
Union Squaremap it
Keith Haring, Self Portrait
The Arsenal, Central Parkmap it

Kenny Scharf, Totemikon
TriBeCa Parkmap it

Kent Henricksen, Playing with Feathers
Seward Parkmap it

Tony Smith, Free Ride
Carl Schurz Parkmap it

Robert Indiana, Love Wall
Park Avenue Mall at 57th Streetmap it

Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Cloud Kicker
Dante Parkmap it

Jim Johnson, Freedom of Movement
Riverside Park Southmap it

Boaz Vaadia, Asa, Ba’al & Yizhaq, Yo’ah with Dog, Asaf
Morningside Parkmap it
Melora Kuhn, Monument
Fort Tryon Parkmap it
Boaz Vaadia, Asaf & Yo’ah, Amaryahu
Broadway Malls at 114th & 117th streetsmap it

William Wegman, Around the Park
Madison Square Parkmap it

Sarah Lucas, Perceval
Doris Freedman Plaza, Central Parkmap it

Angel Orensanz, The Garden Before the Snake
Dag Hammarskjold Plazamap it
Seth Weiner, myOpticon
Bowling Greenmap it

Tom Otterness, Large Sad Sphere
Hudson River Park

Gudjon Bjarnason, Exploding Metal
Snug Harbor Cultural Centermap it
Tim Hetherington, No Condition is Permanent
Alice Austen Housemap it
Elizabeth Egbert, Tibetan Bench
Greenbelt Nature Centermap it