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.
Celebrating 50 Years of Art in the Parks
Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Art in the Parks program! Visit more than 50 public artworks currently on view in our parks, and celebrate with us at our upcoming anniversary events!
Talking Statues July 12, 2017 to June 30, 2018 Various Locations
Talking Statues brings together internationally acclaimed authors and actors to give voice to carefully selected statues worldwide. Started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2013 by documentary filmmaker David Peter Fox, the project has since expanded to Helsinki, London, San Diego, Berlin, and Chicago. The New York installation of this project will feature 35 monuments throughout the city’s five boroughs that share stories via smartphones. Signs printed with QR codes will be posted near the participating statues, which will prompt the statue to “call” the visitor. The monuments will “speak” 18 different languages and represent more than 20 nations.
Participating statues can be found in Columbus Park, Continental Army Plaza and Steeplechase Park in Brooklyn; D’Auria-Murphy Triangle in the Bronx; The Battery, Bryant Park, Central Park, Kimlau Square, Riverside Park, Stuyvesant Square and Union Square Park in Manhattan; Athens Square, Columbus Square and Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens; and Tompkinsville Park in Staten Island. For a full list and map, please visit www.newyorktalkingstatues.com.
LAMKAT in collaboration with Laura Alvarez, Untitled November 5, 2017 to November 4, 2018 Mullaly Park, Bronx
Through the use
of layering, pattern, geometry and the visual suggestion of movement, the
collection of murals throughout Mullaly Bikepark strive to aesthetically
represent the technical precision and skill necessary to accomplish tricks on
and off the ramp.
Funding for this
project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as
part of an initiative to create health-inspired public art installations that
encourage park use and strengthen community connections.
is part of Art in the Parks: Active Open Space presented by Mullaly Bikepark
with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health,
and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
LAMKAT in collaboration with Laura Alvarez, Untitled, Courtesy of the Artist
Matthew Westerby and Harold Simmons, Faces of Railroad Park October 11, 2017 to October 10, 2018 Railroad Park, Bronx
Through "Faces of Railroad Park," DreamYard artists Harold Simmons
and Matthew Westerby, along with David Flores, facilitated conversations
with community members about healthy habits that people are already
engaged with, discussion around how folks make use of parks and other
public open spaces, and participants' thoughts on what they would like
to see more of when it comes to their parks and public spaces. Interview
subjects were also photographed, and these digital images were printed
onto a vinyl material and then installed around the comfort station in
Railroad Park. The artists will also release a podcast episode focusing
on the project (and featuring interviews with participants).
programs develop artistic voice, nurture young peoples’ desire to make
change and cultivate the skills necessary to reach positive goals. Young
people in the Bronx need a continuous set of supports to help them
towards positive outcomes as they navigate their educational
pathway. Through offering sustained and meaningful supports, youth will
develop the necessary tools to become creative and engaged citizens,
life-long learners and the leaders and innovators of the 21st century.
for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, as part of an initiative to create health-inspired
public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen
This exhibition is part of Art in the
Parks: Active Open Space presented with the Department for Health and
Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
Painted along the walls of this community playground, this installation consists of three murals by Lady K Fever. Birds Eye View offers a seasonal journey through the eyes of a soaring red–tailed hawk overlooking the park. Located on the park’s entrance ramp, Soaring transforms Bronx skies into a fantastical scene of hot air balloons, butterflies, dragonflies, moths, and ladybugs. Natural Elements presents a narrative of the seasonal life cycle of leaves as well as recognizable flora and fauna like the ruby–throated hummingbird and daylily, Bronx’s official flower.
Inspired by American novelist Richard Bach’s bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme use oversized, colorful sculptures of the city’s sparrows as a metaphor for the search for equality. Sparrows are creatures of resilience, audacity, intelligence, and beauty that mirror many of the qualities of New York City’s communities.
Lovie Pignata activates a blacktop with a bold, painted replica of the nearby Bronx River, highlighting the importance of this waterway. She has also installed retired canoes from local non-profits, which will be retrofitted with seating, chessboards, planters, and wayfinding signage.
Description: A newly refurbished basketball courts and an artistic mural at Marcy Playground include new asphalt, four new polycarbonate backboards, and a mural designed by artist ASKEW ONE, recognized worldwide for his unique approach to graffiti art.
William Ellis, The People of the Sun December 12, 2017 to November 29, 2018 Lincoln Terrace / Arthur S. Somers Park, Brooklyn
The People of the Sun includes four metal sculptures along the pathway and entrances to the Lincoln Terrace Park. Each of these sculptures will function as rotating artistic billboards. Throughout the 2018 spring and summer seasons, The People of the Sun will cycle through new banners that feature themed artwork from local artists as well as celebrated members of the community. In an effort to foster holistically healthy lifestyles in the community, the monthly banners will also provide wellness instruction such as suggested exercises, stretches, healthy living tips.
This exhibition is part of Art in the Parks: Active Open Space presented by Friends of Brownsville Parks with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Building Mind, Body, and Spirit: BMS Art in the Park at Howard Playground November 3, 2017 to November 2, 2018 Howard Playground, Brooklyn Map/Directions (in Google Maps)
Description: Twenty panels painted by Katya Joseph (K4Kreative), Chessica Rose, Jade Miranda (Jem Stone), Mathamatics Patterson, and Jazmine Hayes line Howard Playground’s fence. The works are part of an initiative to create health-inspired public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen community connections.
Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This exhibition is part of Art in the Parks: Active Open Space presented with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Image Credit: Photo Courtesy of BMS Family Health & Wellness Centers.
Description: Located at Grand Army Plaza and Bartel Pritchard Square in Prospect Park, Fitzhugh Karol’s two sculptures of colorful intersecting steel shapes reference familiar silhouettes of stairs and hillsides. Their abstract and playful shapes invite interaction and are a reminder of man’s imprint on the landscape.
Image Credit: Fitzhugh Karol, Reaches, courtesy of the artist
Triquerta for Healing is a sculpture that provides a
sun-activated light bath to visitors of Brower Park. The artwork aims to
bring neighborhood residents of all ages together to enjoy the
surprising light effects from the sun. The shapes and color schemes that
are present in the artwork represent healing and unity.
Crown Heights Community Mediation Center provides anti-violence
programs, youth programs and resource links to community residents. Its
mission is to encourage communication and understanding, prevent future
conflicts, and help foster stronger, healthier neighborhoods.
for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, as part of an initiative to create health-inspired
public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen
This exhibition is part of Art in the Parks: Active Open Space
presented with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund
for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Walking the line between respectful homage and brazen appropriation, Brooklyn-based artist Deborah Kass mimics and reworks the signature styles of iconic 20th century, often with a feminist twist. OY/YO is sourced from urban and Brooklyn slang, the statement “I am” in Spanish, and the popular Yiddish expression. OY/YO has been a significant and reoccurring motif in Kass’ work since its first appearance in 2011, taking form in paintings, prints, and tabletop sculptures. In a provocative gesture, OY/YO, measuring 8 x 17 x 5 ft and painted bright yellow on aluminum along the Williamsburg waterfront, is visible from Manhattan’s skyscrapers including the Empire State Building.
Circadia is an interactive luminescent sculpture and seating system made from concrete and glow-sand, which will act as a guide to the park entrance. Resembling a historic building foundation, Circadia also mimics the park’s rolling hills and natural rhythms found in nature.
Musa Hixson’s steel sculpture includes several stools enclosed within a flower-shaped frame, which provide a space for intimate conversation in the public park. The sculpture’s horticultural form references the park’s mature landscape.
Jane Manus’ strongly geometric aluminum sculptures, personally welded by hand, draw their primary inspiration from the angularity and structure of architecture. With the play of its cheery, vibrant yellow paint and a dynamic use of negative space, Danielle transforms its surroundings and inspires an interactive viewing experience. The sculpture’s angular lines and joyful hue spring forth from the green lawns and trees surrounding it.
One Map of Many Moments is an artist led, community generated project that transforms trash into inspiring public art by turning hundreds of broken glass shards collected from Fort Greene Park into a mosaic map of the park. Drawings from park visitors depicting everything from historic figures of Fort Greene to the current day activities and horticultural wonders of the grounds are sprinkled throughout the map. Each piece of the larger whole offers a contemplative view of our neighborhood’s waste and deep dedication to our park and highlights the role of community in preserving urban green spaces.
Conrad Stojak, 4 Seasons of Lindens at the Linden Sitting Area July 30, 2017 to April 30, 2018 Linden Sitting Area, Brooklyn Map/Directions (in Google Maps)
4 Seasons of Lindens at the Linden Sitting Area consists of four decommissioned parking meters, each outfitted with a small diorama of linden trees throughout the seasons. The meters pay homage to the trees that this small park is named after. These works are part of an ongoing series of work, The Parking Meter Project, by artist Conrad Stojak. Stojak works with obsolete New York parking meters, many of which can be found out on the city streets and in warehouses, by upcycling them into public works of art. Each one is an individualistic, self-contained micro-world depicting New York City scenes in the form of urban dioramas that are community specific.
Description: Agora is a group exhibition that looks at the role of art in defining, creating, and using public space. For centuries, artists have used public locations—and the public in general—as the heart of for their work. The exhibition looks at the power of art to change society, the role of art in public space, and whether art can be a form of protest. Artists working in public often take a political tone, mobilizing the public for social and political change, and for the possibility of realizing an alternate future. On the High Line—a public space and a natural platform—nine artists share their experiences inhabiting, speaking out of, and challenging the assumed boundaries of public space, where different voices can be heard, addressing important topics such as women’s rights, mass incarceration, the environment, and immigration.
Artists who are part of this exhibition include Maria Thereza Alves, Andrea Bowers, Mariechen Danz, Pope.L, Duane Linklater, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Marinella Senatore, Timur Si-Qin, and Sable Elyse Smith.
Description: Dorothy Iannone’s mural features three colorful Statues of Liberty. Between them runs the words, “I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door,” which is the final line from Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus,” the ode to the freedom promised by immigration to America engraved on a bronze plaque mounted inside the statue at Liberty Island. Iannone’s piece was conceived before the recent months of upheaval in the United States around immigration, an already contested topic; these recent debates have raised the Statue of Liberty anew as a symbol of the openness of New York City and the United States to those seeking asylum, freedom, or simply a better life. Iannone’s vibrant Liberties bring a bit of joy to an often exhausting and demoralizing political debate.
Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me November 17, 2017 to November 16, 2018 Howard Bennett Playground, Manhattan Map/Directions (in Google Maps)
Description: Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me is a colorful 30-foot landscape along the fence at Howard Bennett Playground. The installation depicts the imagined journey of a coqui, a small frog native to Puerto Rico known for its unique call, and his journey to New York. Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of an initiative to create health-inspired public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen community connections.
This exhibition is part of Art in the Parks: Active Open Space presented by El Museo del Barrio with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Image Credit: Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me, Courtesy of the Artist
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Wind Sculpture (SG) I March 7, 2018 to October 14, 2018 Doris C. Freedman Plaza Central Park, Manhattan Map/Directions (in Google Maps)
Created from fiberglass and covered with an intricate pattern, the 23-foot-tall Wind Sculpture (SG) I will rise above the plaza, reminiscent of the untethered sail of a ship billowing in the breeze. Its unique, hand-painted pattern in turquoise, red, and orange — colors that the artist associates with his childhood on the beaches of Lagos — is inspired by Dutch wax batik print, which Shonibare has called the “perfect metaphor for multilayered identities.” This is the first work in a second generation of his celebrated Wind Sculpture series and continues Shonibare’s ongoing examination of the construction of cultural identity through the lens of colonialism. The work creates an opportunity to reflect on social issues, including the movement of people and ideas across borders and the role of monuments in heterogeneous societies.
The Rose Crystal Tower stands 31-feet tall and is
composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel. Polyvitro—an invention of
Chihuly Studio—is the artist’s term for a plastic material which he
casts into individual chunks which resemble glass, but are lighter and
more resilient. Chihuly first used Polyvitro crystals in the composition
“Crystal Mountain,” a 40-foot sculpture featured in the artist’s
landmark exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000.
Chihuly is an American artist known for revolutionizing the Studio
Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the
realm of craft to fine art. Over his 50-year career, the artist has
become known for his iconic glass sculptures and ambitious architectural
installations in historic cities, museums and gardens around the world.
Description: Atlas of the Third Millennium represents the cross-section of stellar individuals who have called Harlem their home and those who continue to live, work and contribute to its cultural vibrancy. It is a "universe" of stars celebrating
actors, writers, composers, musicians, painters, sculptors, educators, historians, activists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Atlas of the Third Millennium pays homage to and renews the resilience and endowment of all daughters and sons of Harlem.
This exhibition is presented by the Marcus Garvey Park AlliancePublic Art Initiative .
Image credit: Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance
Giannina Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano, Jeremy Vega, East Harlem At Play October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 White Park, Manhattan Map/Directions (in Google Maps)
Description: The White Park Art Wall is a collaborative effort
by three local Latino artists: Giannina Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano and Jeremy
Vega. Collectively, the three separate and distinct murals weave together a
scene of sport, art and community, and embody the energy of the park and
surrounding neighborhood. Pictured at center is basketball legend Cesar
Fantauzzi, who is an East Harlem native. He is surrounded by colorful images of
park and street scenes.
East Harlem At Play is produced by the Public Art Initiative of the
Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in collaboration with Friends of White Park, and
Friends of Art Park Alliance. Funding for this project was made possible by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of an initiative to create
health-inspired public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen
This exhibition is part of Art in the Parks: Active
Open Space presented with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the
Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Description: Interspersed among benches in the park, three “color columns” create fortuitous interactions among themselves, and harmonize with the grey, green, brown, and silver of the plaza. Associated texts inscribed on the colorful prism facets riff on the poetic and lucid state of mind produced by New York’s chill air, the joyous winter and spring festivals, and the epicyclic movement from one season into another. The prism facets are inspired by the luminous arrays of elegantly designed paint chips found in local hardware emporia and home furnishing mega-stores alike. When paired with their given names, these color groups present perfect opportunities to develop brief narratives or small poems that draw us deeper into the experience of color. The chromatic fields, especially in large format, add a physical dimension, like song lyrics, to the experience of language.
Hell Gate Cairns is a series of stacked stone pillars, or cairns, that stand watch over the western coastline of Riverside Park. By focusing on the forms of natural stone, the piece draws attention to the boulders that line the waterfront, remnants of the great earthmoving projects of the 20th century that cleared the city’s waterways, including the perilous “Hell Gate”. The monument’s placement at the water’s edge recalls these feats of human engineering, while further calling upon the cairns’ symbolism as an ancient sign of treacherous waters. Their verticality a reflection of the nearby skyline, the Hell Gate Cairns aim to embody the human impulse to imaginative construction – stacking stones first in play, then as architecture.
Description: Consisting of photographs taken in the neighborhood around Spring Street Park, this exhibition features the work of students from Chelsea Career & Technical Education High School. Magic Box Productions teaching artist Jon Appel and visiting artist Martin Crook worked closely with the senior students as a photography, documentary team on this project. Magic Box Productions addresses the growing need for exemplary media arts education in New York City’s public K-12 schools, particularly those serving disadvantaged students with limited access to art and technology. The images capture the unique aspects of history, commerce, architecture and other features of the Hudson Square neighborhood. This set of six banners follows a series of ten previously displayed banners from the same program.
Through her colorfully crocheted, intensively worked, and oversized flowers, Naomi Lawrence believes that small artistic gestures can lead people into a new imagination about their home environment. She uses ubiquitous chain-link fences to frame color and texture in surprising ways, creating interaction between fiber, color, fence, sidewalk, and passing pedestrians and validating under-recognized and unappreciated corners of neighborhoods. At Anibal Aviles Playground, she created a giant magnolia–a seasonal Parks flower–which was installed in June. A crocheted hibiscus tree to be installed on the fence of J.H.S. 054 Booker T. Washington across the street in September, following a series of community workshops to make the leaves.
Constellation is an architectural sculpture, performance, and panel series that activates the underused plaza in Seward Park as a transformative community public space. The site-specific sculptural pavilion is composed of interlocked wooden modules that will be re-arranged and transformed seasonally in three different configurations over the course of the exhibition.
From 2008 to 2012, Capucine Bourcart walked every street in Manhattan, from State Street to 220th Street, taking photographic details of walls along her route. This collection of photographs is used to create a photo-assemblage made of 4,170 metal squares that hang from a chain link fence in a design inspired by those of Native Americans’, the island’s first inhabitants.
Description: RECLINING FIGURE (Buddha’s Classic Pose) explores the theme of the reclining figure, a form that can be found in sculpture all over the world. The white and yellow painted sculpture is constructed in three overlapping units that represent the legs, torso, head and arm of an abstracted, lounging human form. The simplicity of the sculpture will make a restful addition to the park for the many who use it. The path of the sun allows for the daily drama of shadow and light to illuminate each tilted plane at different times.
Romanian artist Leonard Ursachi’s “What a Wonderful World” is a large, egg-shaped sculpture woven from branches, on which a world map has been sketched with pigmented cement. It has two recessed embrasures, each inset with a stainless steel mirror. The form and woven branches evoke nests, birth, history, and nature, while the map may be read as humanity’s trace. The title can be interpreted as ironic, cautionary, or celebratory, depending on the viewer’s perspective. Ursachi’s art often addresses the impact of people and their governments on the earth, in addition to examining the impact of borders on individuals and societies.
Located on the High Line at 13th Street, New York-based artist Darren Bader’s chess: relatives consists of a large-scale chessboard designed by the artist. Visitors are invited to take part in chess games during open park hours in which they take the place of chess pieces, their positions determined by their familial relationships to others. In order to play, visitors bring a group of 32 people together, who will be “played” by two additional people. Visitors are encouraged to assemble teams with their own friends or family, or to branch out and recruit strangers also visiting the High Line. Referring to the onsite instructions, the group self-organizes according to chess: relatives rules.
Once the group is organized into the pieces they fit into, the two players play the game, moving the human “pieces” as in a standard game of chess. Once the game begins, the players are no longer allowed to ask for clarification on what kind of piece each person represents. As one of the most interactive artworks exhibited on the High Line, chess: relatives will spark new connections, conversations, and debate amongst visitors. The piece also gives visitors the chance to become a part of an artwork that aims to ask more questions about art than it can answer.
Suprina’s installation titled In Someone Else’s Shoes is a
5’ high shoe that one can sit in, on, or under and imagine what it’s
like to literally and figuratively be in someone else’s shoes. The
surface of the shoe is a mosaic of objects that any of us might toss
away but also binds us together. Viewers and sitters are encouraged to
explore the surface with sight and touch to find objects with which they
or a fellow sitter might personally relate.
The New Bench
is a series of public art projects in which three artists reinvent the
park bench to challenge ideas around parks, communal places and how
communities coexist within these spaces. The artists play with materials
and structure to encourage conversation across ages and cultures and
create a dialogue with the natural and urban environments.
Description: The Jones Part II by Hugh Hayden is part of a body of work that explores camouflage as a means of assimilation into social environments. The work mimics a park picnic table constructed from rough-hewn fallen trees. The profusion of branches appear static and unclear, as if they are either growing from the wood or disintegrating. The branches prevent the picnic table from being used, instead offering a reflection on our relationship with nature as a material resource and the setting of social interactions.
The New Bench is a series of public art projects in which three artists reinvent the park bench to challenge ideas around parks, communal places and how communities coexist within these spaces. The artists play with materials and structure to encourage conversation across ages and cultures and create a dialogue with the natural and urban environments.
This exhibition is presented by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and Art in FLUX.
Description: The BTN x MADSTEEZ Basketball Court brings color and life to an existing court that lacked vibrancy. The design splits the court into East and West Divisions, 7 schools in each, and uses the two main colors of each school. The mural covers the full basketball court and extends outside the court lines offering a blue sideline.
New York City-based artist Ruth Hofheimer has installed Birds of
Paradise, a 500-foot-long mural at the gateway to Bayswater Park as part
of an initiative to study, restore, and reinvigorate the park. Guided
by the artist, neighborhood volunteers helped paint the mural using a
simple paint-by-numbers process. Inspired by the wildlife in Bayswater
Park and the larger ecosystem of Jamaica Bay, Hofheimer’s mural reflects
the landscape, plants, and animals that live along the city's
coastline. Images of herons, osprey, striped bass, Spanish mackerel, and
marshy grasslands are incorporated into the public artwork. Birds,
particularly herons, are the focus of Hofheimer’s design because of
Jamaica Bay's famed reputation as a "birder’s paradise."
Daniele Frazier’s exhibition The Giant Flowers consists of five giant flowers made of rip-stop nylon fabric that will inflate and move hypnotically in the wind. Each twelve-foot-long brightly colored flower will be a unique design and will tower above the park twenty feet off the ground. Not only will these joyous flowers be an unexpected sight to behold, but they will provide park-goers a real-life illustration of the changing weather conditions.
Consisting of a grid of interconnected picnic tables with tiled mosaic surfaces, Common Ground is an interactive sculpture that literally brings people closer together. The shared tabletops and benches each have a different mosaic design inspired by the neighborhood’s unique mix of cultures, as well as by the patterns within the adjacent King Manor Museum. Common Ground is a celebration of harmony through diversity, imbued with the ideals of the park’s namesake, Rufus King.
Sam Holleran, Patrick Rowe and Mobile Print Power, Conocer y Compartir-We Find Each Other June 20, 2017 to May 12, 2018 Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Map/Directions (in Google Maps)
Inspired by the luminaires of the 1964/65 World’s Fair, a series of illuminated sculptures guides parkgoers with graphic images that symbolize a specific place or potential experience within the park. Mobile Print Power facilitated two multilingual drawing and silkscreen printmaking sessions to create the images for the luminaires. The project builds on wayfinding suggestions that came out of The World’s Park, a project of the Design Trust for Public Space in partnership with the Queens Museum and NYC Parks.
Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien Años de Soledad, Montoya’s illuminated sculptures redefine the monarch butterfly as an icon of migration and freedom. This work is part of the series La Isla Bonita, a beautification project that seeks to transform public spaces through public art and community engagement.
Eyes’ intersecting steel shapes are derived from the simple silhouettes of hillsides and stairs, and frame the park’s historic Village Hall. The integrated play feature provides a chance to engage with the work in a way that most sculptures do not allow, appealing to the community in a fundamental way.