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

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Bronx

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Anina Gerchick, BIRDLINK
May 22, 2021 to May 21, 2022
Crotona Park, Bronx
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Description:

BIRDLINK is an interactive habitat sculpture whose mission is to support migratory birds by inserting native plant systems throughout the urban and suburban corridors through which they travel. BIRDLINK attracts the wild birds that reside or migrate through the city with native plants at the empty lower and middle canopy levels. It responds to community interests, highlights the shared the urban ecosystem, bridges cultural differences through the universality of birds, and serves as an educational tool.

Image courtesy of Publicolor

Publicolor, Fractured Spectrum
November 9, 2020 to November 8, 2021
Franz Sigel Park, Bronx
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Description:

This mural’s abstract design captures motion with colors that convey an abundance of energy and brings life to this exterior retaining wall along Walton Avenue. Residents in the community and park visitors will develop a joy and appreciation of color, and how it affects our moods and behavior. This mural was painted by Publicolor, a youth development program that fights poverty by aggressively addressing the alarming dropout rate and low levels of educational attainment and youth employment in New York City. The program engages high-risk, low-income students, ages 12-24, in a multi-year continuum of design-based programs to encourage academic achievement, college preparation, job readiness, and community service.

Image credit: Photo courtesy of worthless studios

KaN Landscape Design and Caroline Mardok, In honor of Black Lives Matter
May 15, 2021 to November 1, 2021
Poe Park, Bronx
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Description:

This interactive installation of multiple cut out figures made of plywood are applied with collage and photographs from Mardok’s @ny.strong photography project. As people walk through the portals they’re transported into the energy of the protests of 2020: the unified experience of citizens across ethnicities and genders fighting for freedom and justice for Black lives. The team has also collaborated with the Bronx River Art Center on a program focused on public art and activism, offered to a team of young adults who are creating their own sculptures and photographs. Their work will be shown in a group exhibition responding to the Black lives Matter movement, in conjunction with the installation of KaN+Mardok’s sculptures at Poe Park in the Bronx.

The Plywood Protection Project is an initiative to collect the plywood used by NYC businesses to board up their windows during the protests of 2020 and redistribute it to artists, extending and repurposing the life of this material. Arts not-for-profit worthless studios collected over 200 boards of plywood and initiated an open call for artists, eventually selecting five local makers to participate in a unifying public art project across all five boroughs of New York. This piece is one of the five created by the project, each installed in a different borough of New York City.

This exhibition is presented by worthless studios.

Photo: Fitzhugh Karol, Field’s Jax Thicket, Courtesy of the artist.

Fitzhugh Karol, Field’s Jax Thicket
September 2, 2020 to September 1, 2021
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
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Description:
Field’s Jax Thicket, by Brooklyn-based sculptor Fitzhugh Karol, consists of four works created using steel recycled from a previous single large sculpture, now re-conceived as smaller and more interactive sculptures. Previously exhibited at four locations around the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn, the sculptures are reunited in a playful arrangement on the lawn of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in Pelham Bay Park. For the Field’s Jax series, Karol worked with nine parts from his monumental sculpture Eyes, which was on view in Staten Island’s Tappen Park in 2017.

Brooklyn

Image credit: Courtesy of Community Heroes

Jasmin Chang and Trellis, Community Heroes
July 7, 2021 to July 6, 2022
Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
Community Heroes aims to bring together residents in the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Farragut, and celebrate those who empower and nourish these neighborhoods. Individuals were selected as representatives of the community, or heroes, from a pool of nominations collected during a community outreach process. Community Heroes seeks to tell the stories of the neighborhoods’ unsung heroes through the collaboration of newer residents and long-time residents, often people of color whose families have lived in the community for generations. Community Heroes continues to collect nominations for heroes and seeks photographers to take their portraits.

Image credit: Courtesy of Community Heroes

Jasmin Chang and Trellis, Community Heroes
July 7, 2021 to July 6, 2022
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

Community Heroes aims to bring together residents in the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Farragut, and celebrate those who empower and nourish these neighborhoods. Individuals were selected as representatives of the community, or heroes, from a pool of nominations collected during a community outreach process. Community Heroes seeks to tell the stories of the neighborhoods’ unsung heroes through the collaboration of newer residents and long-time residents, often people of color whose families have lived in the community for generations. Community Heroes continues to collect nominations for heroes and seeks photographers to take their portraits.

Image credit: Max Yawney

Lara Saget, The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble
May 17, 2021 to May 16, 2022
Clumber Corner, Brooklyn
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Description:

The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble is an 8 foot-tall, public Tuckahoe marble, bronze, and glass sculpture.

Tuckahoe marble became extremely popular in the early 1800s and was used to build Borough Hall, the Washington Memorial Arch in Washington Square, and more. This historic Tuckahoe marble has mostly been quarried but there were remains in a former marble quarry turned Marriott Suites construction site in Tuckahoe, New York.

This Tuckahoe marble is encased inside of molten glass, generating a transparent, crystalline form. This form is embedded in a bronze cast piece of an organism known as Pando found in Utah's Fishlake National Forest. The glass and marble form merges with the bronze. This work suspends the marble structural material in glass, crystallizing its impermanence while contextualizing it in relation to Pando. Pando has been growing for at least 80,000 years and is the world's largest organism by mass. It has created a forest of thousands of genetically identical quaking aspen trees, which all stem from a single root system.

The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble is coupled with The Sound of Pando In Collaboration with Jerry J. Adams and the SoundMapApp The Sound of Pando is the recorded electrical differential between the leaves and the roots of Pando translated into sound.

The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts.

Daniele Frazier, Big Bird, courtesy of the artist

Daniele Frazier, Big Bird
December 28, 2020 to December 27, 2021
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
Big Bird features a six-foot-tall aluminum cutout of a white-bellied caique parrot, hand-painted in sign enamel. The bird is perched twenty feet above the ground, as if it were surveying the activities of park-goers below. Hanging from the perch is a bronze bell, recalling the types of "enrichment" toys that are provided for caged birds. In keeping with themes of Frazier's past works that depend on interaction with the weather, the bell rings in high winds and can be heard even where the piece cannot be seen.

Image credit: Photo courtesy of worthless studios

Michael Zelehoski, Miguelito
May 15, 2021 to November 1, 2021
McCarren Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

This installation proposes a new kind of public monument, one that represents all people, not just the political and economic elite. The artist uses plywood salvaged from storefronts boarded up during the Black Lives Matter protests to reexamine Egyptian obelisks, which were traditionally raised in pairs in keeping with the Egyptian values of balance and harmony. In uniting two in this sculpture, Zelehoski seeks to reclaim the symbol and propose a reconciliation of extremes. The two obelisks come together to form a caltrop, a spiked, metal object that protestors have traditionally thrown in the path of oncoming cop cars. Two decades later, participating in Black Lives Matter protests around Manhattan and Brooklyn – many culminating in McCarren park – he was reminded of these caltrops and how protest can be a powerful force for socio-political reconciliation.

The Plywood Protection Project is an initiative to collect the plywood used by NYC businesses to board up their windows during the protests of 2020 and redistribute it to artists, extending and repurposing the life of this material. Arts not-for-profit worthless studios collected over 200 boards of plywood and initiated an open call for artists, eventually selecting five local makers to participate in a unifying public art project across all five boroughs of New York. This piece is one of the five created by the project, each installed in a different borough of New York City.

This exhibition is presented by worthless studios.

Photo credit: courtesy of the artist

Rocko Rupert, TimberWolf
October 31, 2020 to October 25, 2021
Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

TimberWolf takes utilitarian materials like reclaimed lumber to beautify this corner of the park and serves as a metaphor for how everyday materials can be repurposed. It plays into the importance of resourcefulness, breathing use back into what is considered to be “used-up.” The artwork takes the form of a dog’s head, a nod to the popular nearby dog park. At the end of the public art installation period, TimberWolf will be donated to another public space to be enjoyed. The possibility to be reused or repurposed with additional functionalities gives this living installation another life.

Image caption: Mary Mattingly, Public Water: Watershed Core, 2021, sculpture, 12' x 12' x 10'. Installation view, Prospect Park, New York June 3-September 7, 2021. Photo by Manuel Molina Martagon. Courtesy of More Art

Mary Mattingly, Public Water: Watershed Core
June 3, 2021 to September 7, 2021
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

The sculpture, a 10ft tall geodesic dome, is designed as a structural ecosystem covered in native plants that filter water in a gravity-fed system that mimics the geologic features of the watershed. It is part of a multiform project and installation that brings attention to New York City’s intricate drinking water system and the communities who steward upstate watersheds and drinking water sources. With this project Mattingly emphasizes the human care that goes into having access to clean water and calls for more reciprocal relationships among our neighboring communities and the planet. 

This exhibition is presented by More Art, Prospect Park Alliance, and Brooklyn Public Library.

Manhattan

Photo credit: Photo by Timothy Schenck, Courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Sam Durant, Untitled (drone)
June 7, 2021 to August 31, 2022
The High Line Spur at West 30th Street
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

This large-scale fiberglass sculpture in the shape of an abstracted drone atop a 25-foot-tall steel pole is the second High Line Plinth commission. With this work, Durant seeks to make visible the intentionally obscured drone warfare perpetuated by the US, and to remind the public that drones and surveillance are a tragic and pervasive presence in the daily lives of many living outside—and within—the United States. At the same time, drones are employed daily for humanitarian purposes, such as delivering supplies and medicine to isolated locations, to survey mine fields, and to tame wild fires that have ravaged landscapes. 

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

Image courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

Susan Stair, Ascending the Mountain
July 17, 2021 to July 2, 2022
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Ascending the Mountain is a public art installation that celebrates the urban forest that grew up the east side of the mountain of Manhattan Schist. Visitors climb the stairs heading up to the Harlem Fire Watchtower viewing the artwork in 3 parts as the mountain changes from rock to the tree canopy.

At the base of the stairs the first section will explore "Roots in Rock", visitors will be able to see through the fence to a view of roots growing into the rocks of the mountain. Part way up the stairs the second section "Growing Powerhouse", illustrates the trees bringing gallons of water and minerals thru their trunks to photosynthesize and produce leaves. The third section near the top of the staircase and mountain " Tree Canopy" draws the viewers focus to the view of the treetops adjacent to the Harlem Fire Watchtower

Ascending the Mountain is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC. Additional funding provided by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Image: courtesy of the artist

Capucine Bourcart, Plastic Fantastic!
June 9, 2021 to June 26, 2022
Harlem Art Park, Manhattan
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Description:
With Plastic Fantastic the artist takes a new approach to her public artworks working with new materials, shapes and proportions to create a site-specific work. The installation illustrates the abundance and overuse of plastic bags and packaging in our daily lives.

The scale of the installation will illustrate the abundance of single use plastics and their impact on our public spaces and on our environment. Viewers entering the park and facing the photographic assemblage will see the installation in its entirety, a colorful intervention in the space but once they get closer, they will recognize the common subject matter.

The goal of this project is to support the ban of plastic bags in New York City and to encourage residents to take responsibility for their own environmental footprint. 

Plastic Fantastic! is made possible in part with funding provided by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Friends of Art Park Alliance, and individual donors.

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist

MIDABI, The Only Other
June 24, 2021 to June 23, 2022
Union Square Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Created by the artist MIDABI, this steel sculptural text piece stands at 10 feet tall and 20 feet long, covered in a silver acrylic paint. His original literary works of esoteric origin are formed into visual art and produced for public display as a means of sharing information. Although agitation is a primary effect, and the approach can be cryptic, the work has an empathic core value that reaches a wide array of individuals.

Zaq Landsberg, Tomb Effigy of Margaret Corbin
June 18, 2021 to June 11, 2022
Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Tomb Effigy of Margaret Corbin pays tribute to Revolutionary War hero Margaret Corbin (1751–1800), considered the first woman to fight for America, and namesake of several Fort Tryon Park features. Corbin took control of her fallen husband’s cannon and fought during the Battle of Fort Washington at this site in 1776. The artwork takes the form of the tomb effigies at The Met Cloisters, figuratively and aesthetically stitching together the Revolutionary War battlefield and the ahistorical, relocated medieval French abbeys that comprise the Cloisters. In addition to paying homage to a lesser-known female historical figure, Landsberg’s sculpture contributes to the contemporary conversation around representation in monuments and public commemoration.

This exhibition was made possible by the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award. This award was made possible with support from Janet and John Koehne.

Image credit: Courtesy of Taglialatella Galleries

Rubem Robierb, Dream Machine II
May 4, 2021 to April 30, 2022
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Description: Dream Machine II is a tribute to the human spirit. However fragile we are in our own circumstances, despite these challenges, we remain strong, resilient, and even defiant. As a monument, the wings take flight to carry the hopes of an increasingly challenged generation that dreams of a fair and just society.

This exhibition is presented by Taglialatella Galleries and Randall’s Island Park Alliance.

Image credit: Courtesy of Taglialatella Galleries

Rubem Robierb, The Peace Makers
May 4, 2021 to April 30, 2022
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Inspired by recent and ongoing events and protests for racial justice, the Peace Makers is a 10-foot sculpture that serves as a tribute to peace makers around the world, who tirelessly fight for peace and justice. The sculpture is a dynamic form that represents the spirit of different cultures and races while recognizing the potential for unity in the name of progression and peace.

This exhibition is presented by Taglialatella Galleries and Randall’s Island Park Alliance.

Image credit: Connie Lee

Zaq Landsberg, Reclining Liberty
May 7, 2021 to April 25, 2022
Morningside Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Reclining Liberty is a mashup of the Statue of Liberty and the giant reclining Buddha statues of Asia. The piece, coated in plaster resin, is sturdy enough to allow viewers to touch, climb, sit atop, lean up against the figure, and interact with the monument at a human level. Finished with copper paint and an oxidizing acid, the patina mimics the actual Statue of Liberty. 

Reclining Liberty is made possible in part with funding from: Friends of Morningside Park, LMCC, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ).

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Jon Isherwood, Broadway Blooms
July 15, 2021 to April 19, 2022
Broadway Malls, Manhattan
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Description:

Broadway Blooms is a series of eight marble sculptures installed at eight major intersections along Broadway starting at 64th Street (Dante Park/Lincoln Center), then 72nd, 79th, 96th, 103rd, 117th, 148th, and ending at 157th Street. The artist chose the floral forms for their universality and accessibility. Carved from seven different types of marble, their ephemerality is contrasted against the durability of the hard stone.

This exhibition is presented by the Broadway Mall Association and Morrison Gallery.

Image credit: Raul de Nieves, And the night mare rides on, image courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Various Artists, The Musical Brain
April 30, 2021 to March 30, 2022
Multiple Locations
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:
The Musical Brain is a group exhibition that reflects on the power music has to bring us together. The exhibition is named after a short story by the Argentine contemporary writer CÃ?©sar Aira, and explores the ways that artists use music as a tool to inhabit and understand the world. The featured artists approach music through different lenses—historical, political, performative, and playful—to create new installations and soundscapes installed throughout the park. This exhibition includes works by Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero, Vivian Caccuri, Raul de Nieves, Guillermo Galindo, David Horvitz, Mai-Thu Perret, Naama Tsabar, and Antonio Vega Macotela. 

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

Image credit: Photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Friends of the High Line.

Ibrahim Mahama, 57 Forms of Liberty
April 30, 2021 to March 30, 2022
16th Street The High Line
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

For the High Line, Ibrahim Mahama presents 57 Forms of Liberty, an inverted industrial tank from a defunct manufacturing facility in Wilmington, North Carolina. The work is inspired by a rusted smokestack the artist saw at the locomotive workshop in Sekondi, Ghana that now has a tree growing from its mouth. For Mahama, the workshop is an important reference to the British use of railways to divide and exploit resources until the country regained its independence in 1959. While the British railways, a former industrial tank from North Carolina, and the High Line have very different industrial histories, Mahama notes that it’s often when we zoom out, and remove ourselves from a specific space and time, that we can come to see our shared history all the better. The sculpture on the High Line also has a tree growing from its top, an important image for the artist that mirrors the torch of the Statue of Liberty to the south, and the non-human agents that continue to reinvent the conditions for living on this planet, even among the structures built and abandoned by humans. 

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

Image credit: Photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Friends of the High Line.

Hannah Levy, Retainer
April 30, 2022 to March 30, 2022
23rd Street
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

For the High Line, Hannah Levy makes an oversized orthodontic retainer from carved marble and stainless steel. The piece points to the strangeness of orthodontics and straight teeth as a marker of class, in part because of orthodontics’ exorbitant price. The organic form of the cast mouth contrasts with its smooth metal bars, which conjures the feeling of the rigid form inside one’s mouth and invites external structures inside one’s own body. Levy’s giant retainer is almost as tall as the park benches nearby, and the retainer wire is the size of the High Line’s exterior railings, which sets the piece in conversation with the architecture and design of the park and its surroundings. 

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

Photo courtesy of the artist

Joanne Howard, The Elders
April 18, 2021 to November 30, 2021
Carl Schurz Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Joanne Howard’s public art installation The Elders is comprised of small brass sculptures cast from carved apples. Howard carves faces into apples before letting them sit for a period of time. As the apples dehydrate, their faces take on the role of wizened elders. Howard sees these miniature characters as guardians of nature, here to protect the natural environment and also to gently remind passersby of the preciousness and precarious state of our green spaces. The artworks can be found on the fences near the park entrance at East 86th Street and East End Avenue and the Hoop Garden.

Image credit: Melvin Edwards,

Melvin Edwards, Brighter Days
May 4, 2021 to November 28, 2021
City Hall Park, Manhattan
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Description:

For over 50 years, Melvin Edwards has created public art for communities all around the world. His work reimagines monumental civic sculpture by uniting abstract forms with personal symbols to address issues of race, labor, and the African Diaspora. Brighter Days is a focused look at Edwards’ career through five sculptures from 1970 to 1996, and a sixth large-scale work commissioned in 2020. Each one incorporates some form of chain.

The context of City Hall Park adds resonance to the historical associations of these metal forms as tools of slavery and violence. This is the site of the African Burial Ground, a colonial-era cemetery for enslaved and freed individuals of African descent. More recently it became a geographic center of Black Lives Matter protests with the occupation of City Hall. Brighter Days, a title chosen by the artist, affirms his optimistic view of our shared future. Tracing the long arc of Edwards’ career, these six sculptures encourage us to remain mindful of the past as we cherish the social linkages that are more important than ever.

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund.

Photo credit: Photo by Andy Romer, Courtesy of Madison Square Park Conservancy

Maya Lin, Ghost Forest
May 10, 2021 to November 14, 2021
Madison Square Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest, a towering stand of forty-nine haunting Atlantic white cedar trees, is a newly-commissioned public art work. Lin brings her vision as an artist and her agency as an environmental activist to this project, a memory of germination, vegetation, and abundance and a harsh symbol of the devastation of climate change. The height of each tree, around forty feet, overwhelms human scale and stands as a metaphor of the outsized impact of a looming environmental calamity.

This exhibition is presented by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Image credit: Photo courtesy of worthless studios

Behin-Ha Design Studio, Be Heard
May 15, 2021 to November 1, 2021
Thomas Paine Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Be Heard is a large-scale megaphone made of plywood panels arranged to create the conical form of the megaphone and assembled to create the structural framework that holds it up. The plywood was previously used as a barrier, providing security to businesses from the perceived threat of the protests on one side, and a canvas for expression to street artists and protesters on the other. By transforming the plywood to a megaphone, a device for amplifying people's voices, the project builds on these layers of use and meaning. It aims to elicit a hopeful and optimistic reaction, highlighting the resilience of New York City by showcasing how a material once used as a barrier during protests can be transformed to celebrate free speech and civic engagement.

The Plywood Protection Project is an initiative to collect the plywood used by NYC businesses to board up their windows during the protests of 2020 and redistribute it to artists, extending and repurposing the life of this material. Arts not-for-profit worthless studios collected over 200 boards of plywood and initiated an open call for artists, eventually selecting five local makers to participate in a unifying public art project across all five boroughs of New York. This piece is one of the five created by the project, each installed in a different borough of New York City.

This exhibition is presented by worthless studios.

Image credit: Image courtesy of Adrian Sas.

Adrian Sas, Source to Spout
June 18, 2021 to October 29, 2021
Riverside Park, Manhattan
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Description:

"Source to Spout" features a series of photographs of the reservoirs and watersheds which supply NYC's drinking water, wrapped around ten drinking fountains in Riverside Park from 64th Street to 174th. In the context of an impending global water crisis, the public installation seeks to bring awareness to the issue by asking people locally to consider where their water comes from, and to reconsider using single use plastic bottles, especially when water fountains offer free refills. At the same time, Source to Spout leverages the visual, nonverbal power of photography to communicate and delight.

Source to Spout is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by LMCC. More information, including the locations of the fountains and photographs, can be found here.

Various Artists, Up South
January 29, 2021 to September 13, 2021
Col. Young Playground, Manhattan
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Description:

Up South interprets and honors those who birthed the movements leading up to the Harlem Renaissance, and beyond, to forge a continuum of Black thinkers and excellence that amplify the historical contributions of African/Black/Americans in Harlem. The exhibit reflects on the movement and embraces the imagery of textile art to move the narrative forward. Harlem Needle Arts’ continuous aim is to present works that are accessible to the African diasporic community and people of color, reflect social and political concerns, share histories of our existence, and represent unique artistic expressions as we introduce audiences to the legacy of textile arts. Up South uses the natural landscape of Colonel Charles Young Triangle Park and challenge artists to broaden their scope to present works which directly engage the community.

This visual interpretation in textile features the work of artists Laura R. Gadson, Sylvia Hernandez, Oluwaseyi Awoyomi, and Ife Felix. Their works honor the contributions of Casper Holstein, the Harlem Hellfighters 369th Regiment Orchestra, Georgina Douglas Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Aaron Douglas, and the northward migration to Harlem.

This exhibition is presented by Harlem Needle Arts.

Image credit: Sam Moyer, “Doors for Doris,” 2020, Bluestone, poured concrete, assorted marble, and steel, Presented by Public Art Fund at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, September 16, 2020-September 12, 2021, Courtesy Sam Moyer Studio and Sean Kelly, New York, Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

Sam Moyer, Doors for Doris
September 16, 2020 to September 12, 2021
Doris C. Freedman Plaza
Central Park, Manhattan
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Description:
To mark the threshold between Central Park’s boulder-filled terrain and Midtown Manhattan’s built environment, Sam Moyer has created a massive three-part sculpture, with a title that pays homage to Public Art Fund founder, Doris C. Freedman (1928-1981). Moyer’s hybrid sculpture unites imported stone with rock indigenous to the New York region. The artist inlaid marble fragments into three double-sided vertical concrete slabs and framed them with contrasting rough-hewn bluestone monoliths. Each stone in Moyer’s mosaic compositions takes on an even more striking hue against the others and the locally-quarried rock, an apt metaphor that encourages us to consider the diverse character of our city and our interconnected lives within it. Their final arrangement demonstrates her impressive skill in composing sculptural forms, with its “doors” pivoted ajar to evoke the dynamism of the bustling city. 

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund.

Photo credit: Sui Park, Summer Vibe (photo credit Sui Park)

Various Artists, RE:GROWTH, A Celebration of Art, Riverside Park, and the New York Spirit
June 5, 2021 to September 10, 2021
Riverside Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Curated by Karin Bravin, this outdoor exhibition includes work by over 20 artists in 13 site specific installations throughout Riverside Park and celebrates the resiliency and resolve of all New Yorkers. Including both physical installations and augmented reality displays, it gives people a safe, entertaining celebration to enjoy as the city slowly emerges from the pandemic. RE:GROWTH will feature unique works of art that use color and unexpected materials to explore the concept of re-growth - literal, metaphorical, poetic, and philosophical. The projects are on view throughout Riverside Park, from 66th to 145th Streets.

The exhibition includes work by Vanessa Albury, Blanka Amezkua, Lee Boroson, Dahlia Elsayed, Mark Joshua Epstein, Rico Gatson, DeWitt Godfrey, Joshua Goode, Valerie Hegarty, Wennie Huang, Beth Krebs, Sadie Laska, Niki Lederer, Wendy Letven, LoVid, Mary Mattingly, Joiri Minaya, Sui Park, Shuli Sade, David Shaw, Jean Shin, Glen Wilson, Letha Wilson, and Woolpunk.

This exhibition is presented by the Riverside Park Conservancy.

Image courtesy of the artist

Manuel Ferreiro Badia, Compostela Fractal Study of a Shell
February 3, 2020 to August 31, 2021
Finn Square, Manhattan
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Description:
The sculpture Compostela Fractal Study of a Shell is based on origami studies and is composed of broken steel planes that cause the sculpture to change or live with sunlight. It reflects in an abstract way the fractal system of matter, looking for a simplicity that reflects the interior of every being. It is a work inspired in the study of the nature, in particular of a shell: the volume is reduced to its fractal structure, to its geometry.

Photo credit: Courtesy of NYC Parks

Luciano Garbati, Medusa With The Head of Perseus
October 13, 2020 to August 31, 2021
Collect Pond Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Medusa With The Head of Perseus is a seven-foot bronze sculpture that inverts the narrative of Medusa, portraying her in a moment of somberly empowered self-defense. In Ovid’s Metamorphosis, Medusa was a maiden in the temple of Athena, who was stalked and raped by Poseidon. Athena, in a rage, banishes and curses Medusa with a monstrous head of snakes and a gaze which turns men to stone. Medusa is herself blamed and punished for the crime of which she was the victim; she is cast away as a monster and then with the cruel assistance of Athena and Poseidon, eventually is hunted-down and beheaded by the epic hero Perseus, who displays her head as a trophy on his shield. Garbati’s sculpture speaks directly to the 16th Century Florentine bronze masterpiece Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini (1545-1554). Through this work, Garbati asks “how can a triumph be possible if you are defeating a victim?”

This exhibition is presented by MWTH Project.

Image Credit: Photo by Alex Alorro, courtesy of NYC Salt

Various Artists, Dancing With Light
June 24, 2021 to August 30, 2021
Clement Clarke Moore Park, Manhattan
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The annual NYC SALT show is a curated exhibit of photos developed by our students around a specific theme. This is our tradition of celebrating the work and successes of our students while engaging our neighbors and supporting the local economy. This year’s theme is “Dancing with Light”; the exhibit will showcase their optimism of rising to a post-COVID world and embracing new perspectives. This past year has been difficult for many of our students as they navigated the restrictions caused by the pandemic and the absence of critical social interactions. The objective of our annual gallery show is to celebrate young artists of color and give them a platform to be seen and heard. This exhibit builds tremendous confidence and pride in our students and allows them to build their communication skills as they engage with the public and articulate their thoughts on their work.

Photo by Tina Sokolovskaya

Gillie and Marc, King Nyani
August 25, 2020 to August 23, 2021
Bella Abzug Park, Manhattan
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In collaboration with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, artists Gillie and Marc Schattner have brought another version of King Kong’s story to the streets of New York, this time with love. Gorillas are one of our closest relatives sharing 98% of our DNA. They share many of the same behaviors as humans such as laughter and sadness. But there may be only 1000 mountain gorilla left in the wild and fewer than 3800 eastern lowland gorilla. On a trip to Uganda, the artists were able to see a family of mountain gorillas in the wild and were moved to tears at the loving family unit. Their sculpture is based on the head of the family, a dominant silverback gorilla. King Nyani, Swahili for gorilla, is the largest bronze gorilla statue in the world and gives an interactive experience unlike any other. With his hand large enough to fit 2-3 people, the public can get up close and personal with this gentle giant and fall in love with him.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Cavalier Galleries

Jim Rennert, Timing, Inner Dialogue and Commute
December 19, 2020 to August 22, 2021
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Manhattan
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Drawing on both his past professional experiences, and those of his contemporaries, Rennert composes thought-provoking works through simplified figures and forms. Together, these three monumental bronze sculptures are inspired by artist Jim Rennert’s past experiences in the competitive world of business. Each title works together with the visual image to illustrate the experience, sometimes physical, sometimes psychological and showcase the thoughts and ideas we all deal with in our contemporary society.

Photo credit: courtesy of the artist

Noa Bornstein, Peace Gorilla
November 30, 2020 to August 15, 2021
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Manhattan
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Cast in bronze in 2020, this sculpture was originally created by Brooklyn-based artist Noa Bornstein ten years ago out of sisal fiber and burlap in structolite and plaster over an armature of wire mesh and plumbing sections. The sculpture is mounted on a low concrete base inscribed with the word for ‘friend’ in 90 languages—beginning with the six official languages of the UN--all learned or verified with speakers of the languages over the last year. For additional/interactive content please visit peacegorilla.noabornstein.com.

Image caption: Margarita Cabrera, UPLIFT New York, courtesy of the artist and Friends of the High Line/High Line Art

Various Artists, Shortlisted Proposals for Third and Fourth Plinth Commissions
January 15, 2021 to July 30, 2021
The High Line, Manhattan
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After collecting and reviewing 80 proposals from a wide range of artists nominated by an international advisory committee, High Line Art has shortlisted 12 proposals for further consideration for the third and fourth High Line Plinth commissions. The selected proposals—by artists Iván Argote, Nina Beier, Margarita Cabrera, Nick Cave, Banu Cenneto?lu, Rafa Esparza, Teresita Fernández, Kapwani Kiwanga, Lu Pingyuan, Pamela Rosenkranz, Mary Sibande, and Andra Ursu?a—are on view as sculptural maquettes.

The artists hail from five continents, coming from Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, and throughout the United States. They bring a range of perspectives, with proposals that touch on colonialism, climate change, human rights, spirituality, and the natural world.

Two out of the 12 shortlisted proposals will be selected as the third and fourth High Line Plinth commissions, to be installed in 2022 and 2024 respectively. Each Plinth commission will be on view for 18 months.

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

Queens

Photo credit: courtesy of Richard West

Afro Pick: Remembering & Moving Forward, Yvonne Shortt with Mayuko Fujino+ Joel Esquite + Queens Community
July 12, 2021 to July 11, 2022
MacDonald Park, Queens
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The piece is a way to honor those who have died during COVID. It’s also a way to celebrate the community moving forward to make a better world for our youth by taking what we as a community have learned and working together for change.

The Afro pick originated over 5500 years ago in Africa as a way to honor, celebrate, educate, and empower.

Funded by RPGA Studio, Council member Koslowitz, and ConEd

Photo: courtesy of Richard West

Yvonne Shortt with Mayuko Fujino, Joel Esquite, Anna Sedova, Elizabeth Barksdale, Peppermint
June 12, 2021 to June 11, 2022
Forest Park, Queens
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A whimsical take on the ever-present New York Poop pickup predicament. Made of porcelain, metal, and acrylic, this mixed media installation reminds dog owners to clean up after their four-legged friends. This work is inspired by artist Yvonne Shortt and her adventures in Forest Park’s dog run with her Airedale terrier Peppermint.

This exhibition is presented by RPGA Studio, Inc.

Image credit: Photo courtesy of worthless studios

Tanda Francis, RockIt Black
May 15, 2021 to November 1, 2021
Queensbridge Park, Queens
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RockIt Black is a continuation of sculptor Tanda Francis’ work, dedicated to undoing the stigmatization of Blackness by presenting Black identities as divine and the foundation of our shared humanity. The aim of RockIt Black is to open up the public’s consciousness to the divine feminine energy for the purpose of balance and healing. Mami Wata, Oshun, an African Goddess by the East River is the inspiration. She is a cleansing spirit for this world on fire. Rockit Black’s polished mirror ornament is inspired by Oshun’s mirror and its shape and surface is made to suggest a nestled and a portal to another dimension. The mirrored surface faces the tree-filtered rising sun and faces the neighboring Queensbridge Houses.

The Plywood Protection Project is an initiative to collect the plywood used by NYC businesses to board up their windows during the protests of 2020 and redistribute it to artists, extending and repurposing the life of this material. Arts not-for-profit worthless studios collected over 200 boards of plywood and initiated an open call for artists, eventually selecting five local makers to participate in a unifying public art project across all five boroughs of New York. This piece is one of the five created by the project, each installed in a different borough of New York City.

This exhibition is presented by worthless studios.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the artists

Jeannine Han and Dan Riley,, Another way it could go
October 20, 2020 to October 15, 2021
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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This work pays homage to the incredible universe of possibilities present at every moment. The reality we find ourselves in is just a glimpse or sliver of an epic landscape of decisions that constantly eludes us. This work illustrates a bit of this conundrum by constructing a living model from a computer simulation in which multiple dimensions of decisions have been overlaid. It is dedicated to the infinite histories taken and untaken that have led everywhere and nowhere. The embedded hand-laid mosaic refers directly to the location of the sculpture in Corona, Queens and illustrates a hand placing a cube and “sprinkling some sauce all over,” as a local resident described.

This exhibition is made possible by the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant, which supports the creation of site-specific public artworks by Queens-based artists for two sites within Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Image Credit: Photo by Jorge Marrón, courtesy of The Rockaway Hotel

Shantell Martin, Big Yard Mural
October 11, 2020 to October 10, 2021
Seaside Playground, Queens
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The artist is best known for her dynamic, category-defying, larger-than-life drawings. Her work explores identity as a critical pathway to self-expression and often asks, who are you? Martin uses her signature lines, iconic shapes, and primarily monochromatic black and white imagery to reflect the vibrancy of Rockaway’s community and urban beach landscape. The transformed 16,000 square foot outdoor recreational space is now a 360-degree activation where text and images appear out of her fluid and interconnected lines.

This project was made possible by Friends of Seaside Playground (FOSP), in collaboration with 7G Group, and The Rockway Hotel.

Image Credit: Daniel Avila / NYC Parks

Gaston Lachaise, Floating Woman (Floating Figure)
September 24, 2020 to September 23, 2021
Hunter's Point South Park, Queens
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The work is one of Lachaise’s best-known, monumental works dating from the late twenties. The buoyant, expansive figure represents a timeless earth goddess, one Lachaise knew and sought to capture throughout his career. This vision was inspired by his wife, who was his muse and model, Isabel, that “majestic woman” who walked by him once by the Bank of the Seine. This work is a tribute to the power of all women, to ‘Woman,’ as the artist referred to his wife, with a capital W.

Gaston Lachaise devoted himself to the human form, producing a succession of powerfully conceived nude figures in stone and bronze that reinvigorated the sculptural traditions of Auguste Rodin and Aristide Maillol.

This exhibition is presented by Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and the Lachaise Foundation.

Image Credit: Photo by Reiko Yanagi, courtesy of the artist

Jack Howard-Potter, Torso II, Swinging II, Messenger of the Gods (medium)
September 13, 2020 to September 12, 2021
Court Square Park, Queens
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Long Island City based sculptor, Jack Howard-Potter, makes large, often kinetic, figurative steel sculptures that can  be seen in city governments, sculpture parks and public art shows around the country.  The outdoor public arena is the perfect setting for the academic roots to be easily recognizable and accessible, bridging the gap between the fine art institution and the public. It all comes together in an effort to brighten the landscape and shift someone's gaze to break the daily routine with something beautiful.  

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Laura Lappi, 7 x 7 (HOPE)
September 12, 2020 to September 5, 2021
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Finnish-born, Queens-based artist Laura Lappi’s 7 x 7 (Hope) explores issues of space in New York City and the cost of living and housing, and how that impacts many communities. With this sculpture, Lappi draws attention especially to immigrant communities and their living conditions in Queens. While Queens is the New York City’s most culturally diverse borough welcoming immigrants from different backgrounds, its housing affordability is often out of a reach for many people.  The sculpture consists of a black wooden house structure that measures seven feet long, five feet wide and seven feet high, referring to the size of the average illegal basement room. Each wall has an embedded letter, creating a word H-O-P-E. Inside the structure a light is making the sculpture visible and glowing during the night.

This exhibition is made possible by the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant, which supports the creation of site-specific public artworks by Queens-based artists for two sites within Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Image credit: Guadalupe Maravilla, Disease Throwers (#13, #14), image courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park.

Guadalupe Maravilla, Planeta Abuelx
May 15, 2021 to September 5, 2021
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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‘Planeta Abuelx’ is a solo exhibition of new work by artist Guadalupe Maravilla drawing on ancestral, Indigenous, and ritual practices of healing. Maravilla’s sculptures are an accumulation of totemic forms, recycled and found materials, botanicals, Mesoamerican symbolism, and functional sound components.

The title, expanding the idea of “Mother Earth” into the intergenerational, gender neutral, and open-ended “Grandparent Planet,” points to Maravilla’s framing of intimate familial relationships and passage of time as crucial to the restorative process. The installation of works serves as an homage to our elders, not only as a vulnerable group disproportionally lost to illness including Covid-19, but also as keepers of curative ancestral knowledge passed down through generations.

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park.

Cody + Julian, People's Communication Commission
July 19, 2021 to August 21, 2021
Rufus King Park, Queens

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As neighborhood-wide development plans and economic initiatives sweep through Jamaica, Queens, the People’s Communication Commission wants to challenge the power relationship that advertising has in public space. With the understanding that Downtown Jamaica is a growing transportation hub, business center, and an ecosystem of art and culture, this exhibition asks the question: Where is the voice of the people? 

This project is part of Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows 2021 organized by the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning.

Image credit: Courtesy of Lewis H. Latimer House Museum

Shervone Neckles and BEAM Center, BEACON
March 27, 2021 to August 15, 2021
Lewis H Latimer House, Queens
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BEACON is inspired by African American inventor Lewis H. Latimer and his 1881 patent for the electric lamp and 1882 patent for processing carbon filament in the incandescent light bulb. This installation is a replication of Latimer's mechanical drawing of the incandescent light bulb and carbon filament. The fabrication process is designed to align the Beam Center’s mission of bridging the humanities and STEAM disciplines to improve the conditions of our society with the living legacy of a local and historical pioneer. The work is also a metaphor for the tension that exists between our interior and exterior worlds. We are constantly negotiating the outside worlds perception of who we are and our potential, versus the way we actually view ourselves. BEACON is a collaborative project between artist Shervone Neckles, Beam Center and Lewis H. Latimer House Museum.

Image credit: photo by Angus Mordant, courtesy of the artist

Kris Perry, Mother Earth
August 12, 2020 to August 11, 2021
Beach 98 St. at Rockaway Boardwalk, Queens
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Mother Earth draws on an array of architectural elements,  from temples, mosques, and churches to the open columned spaces of Classical Greek buildings. The spire directs the viewer’s gaze skyward while its reflected shape points back down towards the Earth. Visitors are encouraged to occupy the sculpture’s central space where one can look outward upon the landscape in a moment of introspection. The 35-foot-tall sculpture is made of Corten steel, a material that will evolve with the seasons and site.

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Sari Nordman, Tower
July 1, 2021 to August 7, 2021
Rufus King Park, Queens
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Tower is an interdisciplinary installation work utilizing sculpture, video projection, archiving and community participation. The project reflects on climate change and the biblical story of The Tower of Babel—a story of greed and value of cultural differences. The artwork will be illuminated with projections at select times.

This project is part of Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows 2021 organized by the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning.

Staten Island

Musa Hixson, Healing Arch
June 21, 2022 to June 17, 2022
Tompkinsville Park, Staten Island
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Healing Arch is an 8 ½ foot tall stainless steel sculpture that is inspired by a photo of Eric Garner. The artwork prompts others to stand in the shoes of the humanity of someone like Garner, to experience human love, imagining a hug, or standing in meditation as you take in a view of the surroundings. It gives us an opportunity for pause and reflection. Healing Arch is the result of a long community driven selection process managed by The Friends of Tompkinsville Park to find an artist who could create a symbol to launch their Peace Justice & Healing Community Campaign.

This exhibition is presented by The Friends of Tompkinsville Park.

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