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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Joanne Howard, The Elders

April 18, 2021 to November 30, 2021
Carl Schurz Park, Manhattan

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.


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.

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