Art in the Parks

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 courtesy of Bronx River Alliance

Stephanie Vidal & Fernando Leon, Feeding Your Soul and Finding Your Zen
October 17, 2021 to October 16, 2022
Concrete Plant Park, Bronx
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Description:

This mural is inspired by Concrete Plant Park and the wealth of activities and opportunities it gives the community to connect with nature. The imagery walks you through the park trail, navigating through the food forest, neighboring plants, and the Bronx River.

This exhibition is presented by the Bronx River Alliance and Bronx Health REACH.

Please note: Concrete Plant Park will be closed from November 1, 2021 through March 1, 2022 due to nearby construction. The mural will not be viewable during this time. For more information about this closure, please visit our Concrete Plant Park page

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.

Brooklyn

Photo courtesy of NeighborhoodStat Team

Joel Artista + Brownsville Houses NeighborhoodStat Team, Unity - Golden Days, 2021
January 21, 2022 to January 22, 2023
Dr. Green Playground, Brooklyn
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Description:

Co-created by Joel Bergner (aka Joel Artista) and the residents of the Brownsville Houses NeighborhoodStat Team, this mural visualizes the bonds that contribute to Brownsville’s social fabric and celebrates the rich culture of this neighborhood. The Brownsville Houses NeighborhoodStat Team framed this composition within the “best of times” to visually communicate unity in the face of violence.

Image credit: Courtesy of Arthur Hunking

Bryce Peterson, Hanging Gardens
August 28, 2021 to August 20, 2022
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

The Hanging Gardens of Brooklyn project proposes a public art installation and community gathering space, envisioned as the synthesis of an interactive sculptural pavilion and a hanging botanical garden.

The pavilion supports a hanging garden which grows in spiraling channels mounted on the trellised roof. The garden will feature a mixed palette of vining flowers and vegetables and will employ an automated drip irrigation system.

This exhibition is presented by Brooklyn Arts Council, City Artist Corps, and SITU

Image credit: Courtesy of Community Heroes

Jasmin Chang and Trellis, Community Heroes
August 10, 2021 to August 9, 2022
St. Andrew's Playground, Brooklyn
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Description:
Community Heroes aims to bring together residents in the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant 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
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: Photo by Emily Chiavelli

Various artists, Brooklyn Utopias: Along the Canal
April 10, 2022 to June 26, 2022
Coffey Park, Brooklyn
J.J. Byrne Playground, Brooklyn
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Description:

Brooklyn Utopias: Along the Canal is a multi-site exhibition of artworks by more than 200 artists on view outdoors at Coffey Park in Red Hook, outdoors at J.J. Byrne Playground in Park Slope, and indoors in the Great Room at the Old Stone House. Participating artists consider what a “Utopia” (or ideal place) would look like for the communities of the neighborhoods bordering the Gowanus Canal. These include Gowanus, Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill, and Red Hook.

This exhibition is presented by the Old Stone House and Arts Gowanus.

Image credit: Photo courtesy of the artist

Rose DeSiano, Lenticular Histories
November 2, 2021 to June 16, 2022
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

This immersive and interactive monument engages Prospect Park visitors in a system of reflections, refractions, and nonlinear photo-history that celebrates acts of “leisure and activism”. Viewers experience the historical narrative of Prospect Park through historical photographs from private collections, public archives and New York journalists. The sculpture features three objects of optical illusion—stereoscopes, lenticulars, and prisms—which combine to blend reflections, rainbow-colored light, and history into a singular working system alluding to the intertwined chaos and harmony of public spaces.

This exhibition is presented by Photoville.

Image credit: Photo by Sebastian Bach, Courtesy of BRIC

Emily Oliveira, We Are At a Moment That Will Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Great Change, For Who Can Say When a Wall Is Ready To Come Down
October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2022
Lena Horne Bandshell
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Description:
This monumentally scaled mural at Prospect Park’s Lena Horne Bandshell depicts a vividly colored natural landscape inhabited by humans and gods who take part in a Promethean sense of rebirth and new ways of being. The mural aims to recognize the forms of collective action that have taken place over the past year against violence, hate, and separation through walls. Oliveira envisions rebirth through such forms of collective action as joy and care—celebrating acts that often take place in public parks and natural areas like Prospect Park as a site for imagining and enacting utopia. We are at a Moment that Will be Remembered... is informed by the worlds of play and imagination, and encourages viewers to use their imaginations to envision and enact new ways of being in a post-COVID era.

This exhibition is presented by BRIC and Prospect Park Alliance.

Manhattan

Image credit: Courtesy of Taglialatella Galleries

Rubem Robierb, Empower Flower
May 5, 2022 to May 4, 2023
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Description:
Empower Flower is a lotus-shaped throne created as a symbol of praise, unity, and support of women’s rights. The sculpture was created in celebration of the strength, resilience, and sovereignty of all women. Five independent parts come together to form a lotus-like throne, thereby providing the space for the passive onlooker to become the central focus of the artwork. 

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

Image credit: Photo by Ross Dahmen, courtesy of Project Backboard

Andrea Bergart, Purple Slice
April 15, 2022 to April 14, 2023
McCaffrey Playground, Manhattan
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Description:
Andrea Bergart’s court design draws from her experience as a lifelong athlete and demonstrates the relationship between body and movement through space, as well as the female form in an abstract and unexpected way. Her involvement in the New York City-based all women basketball community, Downtown Girls Basketball, also inspired her to make art highlighting the sport’s culture – including her line of luxury bags handmade from basketballs.

This exhibition is presented by Project Backboard.

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

Paola Pivi, You know who I am
April 4, 2022 to March 31, 2023
The High Line, Manhattan
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Description:

You know who I am is a large-scale cast bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty wearing various cartoonish masks. The masks are stylized portraits of individuals whose personal experiences of freedom are directly connected to the United States. The masks will change every two months, representing six different people over the course of the exhibition. The work stands twenty-three feet above the High Line on the Northern Spur Preserve. From this vantage, visitors can also see the original Lady Liberty to the south in New York Harbor.

This exhibition is presented by Friends of the High Line.

Photo credit: Photo by Raul Tovar

Idriss B, The Art Collection - Concrete Jungle
February 14, 2022 to February 13, 2023
E. 34th Street to E. 38th Street
Park Avenue Malls, Manhattan
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Description:

Artist Idriss B.’s collection of playful and whimsical polygonal animal forms in different sizes in this inaugural temporary public art exhibition in this section of Park Avenue. There are nine brightly colored animals between 34th and 38th Streets, creating a temporary zoo on this busy thoroughfare.

This exhibition is presented by Patrons of Park Avenue, and the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association.

Photo courtesy of Harlem Needle Arts

Oluwaseyi (Shayee) Awoyomi, Indigenous Threads
December 29, 2021 to December 15, 2022
Brigadier General Charles Young Triangle, Manhattan
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Description:

This installation by Oluwaseyi (Shayee) Awoyomi, a fifth-generation textile dyer from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, tells the story of Iya Alaro (“Mother of Dyers”). Indigo dyed textile is known as Adire, which translates as (adi) “to tie” and (re) “to dye.” The honor of Iya Alaro comes with great responsibility, overseeing the harvesting of the indigo plant, prepping the dye baths, composition of solvents, and organization of the community of women. Once the Adire is ready for market, the Iyaloja (the “Mother of the Market”) is selected, an honor of Chieftaincy voted in by the fellow market women, nominated by the King, and/or politically chosen. The Adire textile is prepared for the coronation of the Iyaloja.

This exhibition is presented by Harlem Needle Arts.

Photo credit: NYC Parks / Malcolm Pinckney

Hebru Brantley, The Great Debate
November 14, 2021 to November 13, 2022
The Battery, Manhattan
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Description:

A painted fiberglass structure that stands 16 feet tall, this monumental sculpture features artist Hebru Brantley’s signature character, Flyboy. Within the canon of comics, very few characters of color exist. Flyboy was created by Brantley as an exploration into what a superhero character of color would look like. Inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviator pilots who fought in World War II, they carried out all successful missions and had the lowest loss records of all fighter groups. At a time when Black folks were treated far less than equal, the Tuskegee Airmen’s successes meant that much more. Flyboy is a nod of admiration and respect to these men and an inspiration to future generations aspiring to soar far above their predicted possibilities.

Image credit: Courtesy of Sculptors Guild

Various Artists, Back to the Garden
April 24, 2022 to October 30, 2022
Between Broome Street and Hester Street
Allen Street Malls, Manhattan
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Description:

Installed in several locations on the Allen Street Malls between Broome and Hester Streets, this group exhibition features seven artworks by eight artists addressing themes of nature. Artists include Alberto M. Bursztyn, Sarah Haviland, Elizabeth Knowles and Eric David Laxman, Elaine Lorenz, Judith Peck, Daina Shobrys, and Michael Wolf.

This exhibition is presented by Sculptors Guild.

Image credit: Photo by Jon Lopez, Courtesy of NBPA

A$AP Ferg, The Warrior
October 9, 2021 to October 8, 2022
Holcombe Rucker Park, Manhattan
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Description:

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) commissioned Harlem native A$AP Ferg and curator Set Free Richardson to create this design for the Greg Marius Court at Holcombe Rucker Park, which pays homage to the warrior spirit of the Harlem community and embodies the essence of the many great basketball warriors of the Rucker from the past, present, and future.

This exhibition is presented by the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).

Chinatown Yarn Circle with Naomi Lawrence, Stand Speak Shape
October 9, 2021 to October 8, 2022
Columbus Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Chinatown Yarn Circle, led by Tina Lin, Naomi Lawrence, and local organizations, represents an intergenerational community mobilizing to STAND together; SPEAK up for justice; and SHAPE society through civic action and crochet. The flowers are in tribute to AAPI community builders, embodying collaboration, triumph over struggle, and inspiring future generations.

  • Flowers with cultural significance and symbolic ties to the Asian community
  • Chinese Bamboo symbolizing strength and resilience.
  • China – Peony
  • Taiwan – Plum Blossom
  • Hong Kong – Orchid
  • South Korea – Rose of Sharon
  • Japan – Chrysanthemum
  • India – Lotus
  • Singapore – Orchid
  • Vietnam – Lotus
  • Philippines – Arabian Jasmine
  • Thailand – Orchid
  • Malaysia - Hibiscus
  • Indonesia – Orchid

Stand Speak Shape is made possible in part with funding from OCM, Think Chinatown, Asian Americans for Equality, and Knitty City

Thomas J Price, Thomas J Price: Witness
October 2, 2021 to October 1, 2022
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Thomas J Price: Witness marks the British sculptor’s first US solo institutional exhibition. Price’s nine-foot bronze figure, The Distance Within (2021), is sited within Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park and depicts a young Black man looking down at his cell phone. With Witness, the artist continues his exploration of blackness and Black masculinity at monumental scales. In The Distance Within, Price asks us to consider what is projected onto Black bodies as they move in the world and in what ways they are made monolithic via broader archetypes and stereotypes, as well as how Black bodies in the ordinary everyday are subject to extraordinary surveillance and spectatorship.

This exhibition is presented by the Studio Museum in Harlem.

CRASH x Warner Bros, SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
September 22, 2021 to September 21, 2022
Mae Grant Playground, Manhattan
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Description:

This mural is a colorful, subtle tribute to the legacy of Space Jam and iconic Looney Tunes characters that also speaks to the vibrancy of the Harlem neighborhood.

This exhibition is presented by Warner Brothers.

Image credit: Photo courtesy of the artist

Felix Marzell, BIG APPLE
October 13, 2021 to September 12, 2022
Bella Abzug Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Sitting in the Apple, users will be able to enjoy a 360-degree view of their surroundings at all times. Since the arrival of Covid-19, citizens have taken to the streets and local parks more frequently to get their daily exercise and enjoy a change of scenery. This Apple is BIG on ensuring that distancing measures are maintained while participants enjoy their urban discoveries. Not only is the modern cutout slices design airy, but the space also allows for only one family or couple at a time in the core.

This exhibition is presented by Hudson Yards Hells Kitchen Alliance.

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.

Alice Mizrachi, Renaissance Women
September 25, 2021 to August 31, 2022
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Intimate and low profile to allow visitors to engage at eye level and to gather around it, Renaissance Women honors the women of the Harlem Renaissance. It takes on a decidedly feminine form representing vocalists like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne; visual artists like Elizabeth Catlett and Augusta Savage; and writers like Dorothy West and Zora Neale Hurston. It will be the viewer’s choice as to which women they see reflected in the sculpture.

Image credit: Photo by Argenis Apolinario

Cecile Chong, EL DORADO – The New Forty Niners
November 3, 2021 to August 24, 2022
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Manhattan
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Description:

Cecile Chong’s installation is based on the myth of the lost treasure of El Dorado. Over the centuries the story has been told in many ways, often as a metaphor for an ultimate prize that one might spend a lifetime seeking. This installation promotes ideas of transformation, immigration and community. It honors the opportunities that this city offers to newcomers, but most of all, it acknowledges the labor and efforts that immigrants contribute in return. Consisting of 100 metallic and brightly-colored sculptures arranged in a circle on the lawn, the sculptures are modeled after tightly swaddled babies, or “guaguas,” that the artist saw while living in Ecuador. Forty-nine sculptures are gold, referring to the 49% of New Yorkers who speak a language other than English at home. This fifth and final iteration stands on a platform that represents the 17 United Nations sustainability goals.

Image credit: Photo by Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund

Gillian Wearing, Diane Arbus
October 20, 2021 to August 14, 2022
Central Park, Manhattan
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Description:

Diane Arbus (1923-1971) is one of several artists Gillian Wearing counts among her key influences, or “spiritual family.” The celebrated New York photographer, who took many of her best-known images in Central Park, nevertheless remains a surprising choice for a bronze monument. Wearing’s statue draws attention to the fact that few women are represented in this way, and even fewer visual artists. Who gets to be memorialized has become a lively public debate. Diane Arbus, installed temporarily at the entrance to Central Park, is one artist’s tribute to another. The presentation of the sculpture is unconventional: there’s no pedestal, the figure simply stands on the pavement. Like a photograph come to life, Wearing captures Arbus as she might have appeared, holding her distinctive Mamiyaflex camera, gaze fixed on her next subject.

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund.

Image Credit: Image courtesy of Project Backboard

Faith Ringgold, Windows of the Wedding #1: Woman
August 9, 2021 to August 8, 2022
St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan
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Description:
This basketball court mural is based on Faith Ringgold’s 1974 work, Windows of the Wedding #1: Woman. After exploring abstract shapes in the 1970s, Ringgold received acclaim for her narrative quilts created in in the 1980s. The basketball courts at St. Nicholas Park begin as an abstract pattern, but as hundreds, if not thousands, of stories play out across the courts surface it will be transformed into something of living narrative quilt. Ringgold was born in Harlem in 1930 and graduated from City College of New York (adjacent to the St. Nicholas Park).

This exhibition is presented by Project Backboard.

Naomi Lawrence, Flowers of Turtle Island
August 25, 2021 to August 4, 2022
Eugene McCabe Field, Manhattan
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Description:

Flowers of Turtle Island is a fiber art installation depicting a field of wild flowers that appear to be growing from the ground up so that when you walk past you will feel as if you are walking through an oversized field of flowers.

All the flower species are native to North America, in particular the northeastern part of the country. The larger flowers, lady slipper orchids and coneflowers, will loom overhead in bright colors of pink, yellow, and purple, with several shades of green.

Flowers of Turtle Island is installed on the fence that surrounds Eugene McCabe Field, adjacent to the elevated train tracks on Park Avenue.

The beauty of flowers connects people to nature and this installation will also inform people with a series of artist-guided tours. Many flowers that we now consider native to New York and New England were brought here by European settlers. The artist researched what was growing here prior to colonization to determine which species should be included. Echinacea, Coneflowers, Bluebells, Oypripedium, Lady Slipper, Aster, Goldenrod Solidago, Sanguinaria Bloodroot, Sunflowers, Violets, Rosehips all grew wild on Turtle Island, the name that the Lenape Indians used to identify the region.

Flowers of Turtle Island is made possible in part with funding from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by LMCC. Additional funding provided by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Jon Isherwood, Broadway Blooms
July 15, 2021 to July 14, 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 courtesy of Gotham to Go

Julio Valdez, I Can’t Breathe
July 24, 2021 to July 10, 2022
Collyer Brothers Park, Manhattan
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Description:
I Can't Breathe is produced from a series of 6 drawings by East Harlem based artist Julio Valdez. Inspired by the images of racial injustice that have collectively entered our minds through the media over the past year. The drawings take on a transparency of almost impressionistic quality rendered with grey tones and fluid circular lines. This allover imagery reminds us the importance of not only reacting to news of injustices, but to also reflect and remember that as a community, we can overcome and reveal the creative potential in all of us, the human family.

The installation will honor Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others, it is imperative that we continue to move the conversation forward.

I Can’t Breathe is made possible in part with funding from LMCC and Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding provided by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.

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.

Felipe Gallindo Gomez a.k.a. Feggo,, Peace, Love…and Humor
May 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022
Anibal Aviles Playground, Manhattan
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Description:

Artist Felipe Gallindo Gomez a.k.a. Feggo creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, animations, fine art and public art. The images in this exhibition draw inspiration from world cultures, history, art history, and New York City. For example, "Manhatitlan" celebrates Mexican and American Cultures; while the series "George Washington Returns to New York City," "Frida Khalo in New York," and "Taking Liberties” depict famous historical figures enjoying NYC.

This exhibition is presented by El Taller Latino Americano.

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.

Queens

Sherwin Banfield, Going Back to The Meadows, A Tribute to LL Cool J and Performance at FMCP
November 30, 2021 to November 23, 2022
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Description:

Going Back to The Meadows is a sculptural sonic performance artwork dedicated to Queens hip-hop legend LL Cool J, his hometown of Queens, NY, and historical performances at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The sculpture includes a traditionally sculpted portrait bust of LL Cool J sitting atop a mirror polished stainless steel radio design and steel pedestal frame. The pedestal design includes references to LL’s unique style and career accolades and Queens landmarks. The sculpture’s audio speakers are solar powered, highlighting the use of green technology.

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.

Haksul Lee, The Giving Tree
November 30, 2021 to November 23, 2022
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Description:

The Giving Tree brings awareness to the environmental concerns in the Queens community and elevates Flushing Meadows Corona Park as one that leads the future. This artificial tree will use wind power to generate electricity to light the park and provide a charging station for park visitors. It serves as a form of altruism to promote a higher level of collective consciousness and cooperation, which are necessary to ensure our collective well-being and even survival.

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.

Photo Credit: Savannah Lauren

Hive Public Space and The Urban Conga, The Ribbon
October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022
Rafferty Triangle, Queens
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Description:
This piece is a playful interactive platform that invites you to connect with LIC admirers, contribute a message, and engage with the surrounding space in new ways. It is part of a multisite installation throughout Court Square where kinetic units reveal “love notes” submitted by residents, workers, and visitors.

Image caption: Image courtesy BODYARMOR

MAST, Tennis Is a Game
August 26, 2021 to August 25, 2022
Detective Keith L Williams Park, Queens
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Description:

In 2021, BODYARMOR Sports Drink and Naomi Osaka kicked off a court renovation initiative designed to revitalize tennis courts she grew up playing on, enriching the community, inspiring youth sports organizations through art, and ultimately reminding everyone to play to have fun, because after all, tennis is a game.

This exhibition is presented by BODYARMOR.

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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Description:

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 by Rose Lytle, courtesy of the artist

Sergio Furnari, The Heart Monument
December 20, 2021 to June 30, 2022
Hunter's Point South Park, Queens
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Description:

This sculpture was created in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and is an expression of support for all who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This simple yet powerful sculpture of a bright red heart serves as a reminder of the love and comfort we found in each other.

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.

Staten Island

Image courtesy of Sundog Theatre.

Lina Montoya and Jodi Dareal, Together We Are New York
October 9, 2021 to October 8, 2022
Skyline Playground, Staten Island
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Sundog Theatre partnered with Association for a Better New York on their 5-borough project celebrating what it means to be a New Yorker, "Together We Are New York." Influenced by the thoughts of prominent Island community members, this mural also depicts what it means to be a Staten Islander. Artists Lina Montoya and Jodi Dareal incorporated themes of compassion, vibrancy, family, caring for others, and resiliency.

This exhibition is presented by Sundog Theatre and Association for a Better New York.

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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