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.
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.
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 www.newyorktalkingstatues.com
Sing for Hope Pianos
June 4, 2018 to June 24, 2018
In one of New York City’s most vibrant public art installations, 51 unique artist-designed pianos are placed in parks and public spaces throughout the city’s five boroughs, including 32 in NYC Parks, for anyone and everyone to play. For three weeks this June, the pianos will bring individuals and communities together in an open festival of art for all. After their time on the streets, Sing for Hope will transport the instruments to permanent homes in NYC public schools, where they will become hubs for Sing for Hope’s ongoing creative programs and enrich students’ lives for years to come. As New York City’s largest recurring public art project, the Sing for Hope Pianos impacts an estimated 2 million people each year. For more information and a list of locations visit Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos website.
This exhibition is present by Sing for Hope.
Image credit: A Sing for Hope Piano on Literary Walk in Central Park., courtesy of Sing for Hope.
LeAp, A View from the Lunchroom: Students Bringing Issues to the Table
June 12, 2018 to August 27, 2018
Students from five New York City public middle schools, with one school in each borough, have transformed eleven school lunchroom tables into personalized canvases and created colorful works of public art that touch upon critical social issues in their community and across the globe. This exhibition was created by LeAp’s Public Art Program, which uses a social justice framework to empower students to have a voice in their communities and express themselves on social issues through the creation and public exhibition of art. This program instills social responsibility and civic engagement, imparts artistic skills, concepts and techniques, and fosters peer leadership, self-confidence and collaboration. As part of each residency, students have a unique opportunity to meet with world-renowned artists at their studios, as well as galleries, museums, exhibitions, and other sites.
The tables can be found in Claremont Park in the Bronx, South Oxford Park in Brooklyn, Captain Jacob Joseph Playground in Manhattan, Benninger Park in Queens, and Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island.
This exhibition is presented by LEAP.