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NYC Public Art Map and Guide

New York City’s parks are host to the country’s greatest outdoor public art museum. With hundreds of permanent works in our collection, and more than a dozen works of temporary art on display at any given time, there’s always something new to see just around the corner.

Visit our Art & Antiquities page to learn more, and discover how artists can have their work displayed in a park.

Permanent Art and Monuments

Our permanent art collection features more than a thousand monuments across New York City. From sculptures and fountains to abstract work and commemorative tablets, our permanent collection tells the story of New York City through its work.

Browse the list of Permanent Art and Monuments

Temporary Public Art

Our Art in the Parks program offers both local and internationally renowned artists the chance to exhibit their work for a period of time. Visit these whimsical, challenging, and experimental works while they are on display.

See all exhibits currently on display

Permanent Art

Temporary Art


Citywide Exhibits

Talking Statues

July 12, 2017 to June 30, 2018
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

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