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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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Jade Chan, In Flight, Courtesy of NYC Parks

Jade Chan, In Flight
July 2013 to June 2016
Shorefront Parkway between Beach 77 Street and Beach 107 Street, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Rockaway Barrier Beautification Project is the longest mural in New York City, covering a 1.5 mile stretch of road along the beach in Rockaway, Queens. NYC Parks invited artists and designers to envision the surface of these ordinary barriers as canvases for art. Members of the community helped to select the top three designs that grace the surface of these barriers and paint the murals.

This project was made possible thanks to a partnership between NYC Parks and the NYC Department of Transportation, the Community Affairs Unit (CAU) of the Office of the Mayor, NYC Service, and community groups, including the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, Rockaway Artists Alliance, and Friends of Rockaway Beach. Benjamin Moore generously donated 420 gallons of paint to the MayorâΑΑs Fund to Advance New York City for this initiative.

Jade Chan's design for the Rockaway barriers is titled In Flight. When she visited Rockaway Beach, she was inspired by the warmth, the sun and the colors that jumped out at her from the sky, water and sand. The sound of the surf and the breeze upon her skin was exhilarating. She observed the birds in flight and was inspired by this free and liberating vision. Chan sees In Flight as a representation of the freedom and strength of the human spirit.

Learn more about the Rockaway Barrier Beautification Project.

John Garcia, Untitled, Courtesy of NYC Parks

John Garcia, Untitled
July 2013 to June 2016
Shorefront Parkway, Between Beach 74 Street and Beach 107 Street, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Rockaway Barrier Beautification Project is the longest mural in New York City, covering a 1.5 mile stretch of road along the beach in Rockaway, Queens. NYC Parks invited artists and designers to envision the surface of these ordinary barriers as canvases for art. Members of the community helped to select the top three designs that grace the surface of these barriers and paint the murals.

This project was made possible thanks to a partnership between NYC Parks and the NYC Department of Transportation, the Community Affairs Unit (CAU) of the Office of the Mayor, NYC Service, and community groups, including the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, Rockaway Artists Alliance, and Friends of Rockaway Beach. Benjamin Moore generously donated 420 gallons of paint to the MayorâΑΑs Fund to Advance New York City for this initiative.

As a surf regular of Rockaway Beach, John Garcia pays tribute to Rockaway BeachâΑΑs surf culture in his barrier mural. He has painted images of Rockaway surfers riding waves, along with the birds that often keep them company on the water and on the shore. These images of birds and surfers sit on top of an aquatic abstract backdrop that captures the mystery and beauty of the ocean. The barriers also include the text âΑΑWelcome to the RockawaysâΑ as an invitation for others to experience the waves and serenity of Rockaway Beach.

Learn more about the Rockaway Barrier Beautification Project.

Patty Harris, Ride the Wave, Courtesy of NYC Parks

Patty Harris, Ride the Wave
July 2013 to June 2016
Shorefront Parkway, Between Beach 74 Street and Beach 107 Street, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Rockaway Barrier Beautification Project is the longest mural in New York City, covering a 1.5 mile stretch of road along the beach in Rockaway, Queens. NYC Parks invited artists and designers to envision the surface of these ordinary barriers as canvases for art. Members of the community helped to select the top three designs that grace the surface of these barriers and paint the murals.

This project was made possible thanks to a partnership between NYC Parks and the NYC Department of Transportation, the Community Affairs Unit (CAU) of the Office of the Mayor, NYC Service, and community groups, including the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, Rockaway Artists Alliance, and Friends of Rockaway Beach. Benjamin Moore generously donated 420 gallons of paint to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City for this initiative.

As an artist, Patty Harris has created animations of floods and is fascinated by the way water moves. Experienced in looking closely at the sea, she pulled a few simple forms that suggest the movement and pattern of a wave. For the Shore Parkway barrier, Patty painted shapes that express the undulating movement of a wave. She added curved shapes that hold water of a slightly different color—just as actual water displays a range of hues. To this rhythmical simple pattern, Harris included the silhouetted forms of surfers at the crests of the waves.

Learn more about the Rockaway Barrier Beautification Project.

Photo Courtesy of BMS Family Health & Wellness Centers.

Building Mind, Body, and Spirit: BMS Art in the Park at Howard Playground
November 3, 2017 to November 2, 2018
Howard Playground, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Twenty panels painted by Katya Joseph (K4Kreative), Chessica Rose, Jade Miranda (Jem Stone), Mathamatics Patterson, and Jazmine Hayes line Howard Playground’s fence. The works are part of an initiative to create health-inspired public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen community connections.

Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This exhibition is part of Art in the Parks: Active Open Space presented with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Image Credit: Photo Courtesy of BMS Family Health & Wellness Centers.

Katherine Daniels, Tenkenas Sash at Randall's Island Park

Various Artists, Flow.11: Art and Music at Randall’s Island
July 1, 2011 to November 2011
Randall's Island Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

​FLOW, a two-part environmental art exhibition, will be on view during the summers of 2011 and 2012 along the shoreline at Randall’s Island Park. The project is aimed at fostering appreciation of the shoreline through artistic expression, while calling visitors to interact with and care for the Park’s island environment. FLOW.11 – this year’s inaugural exhibition - features five site-specific art projects: Resident Alien by Andrew Chan; Tenkenas Sash by Katherine Daniels; Hello There, Walking Away From It Ain’t No Fun by Jongil Ma; Hey Poseidon by Gregory Reynolds; and Point of View by Romy Scheroder.

FLOW.11 will be open to the public in conjunction with Bronx Calling! The First AIM Biennial, at the Bronx Museum and Wave Hill. Additional grand opening events and celebrations are planned for Labor Day Weekend, in tandem with the Electric Zoo.
This exhibition is presented by Randall’s Island Sports Foundation, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Made Event.

Ethan Long, Dirt Sculpture, DDP 2.0

Ethan Long, Dirt Sculpture, DDP 2.0
May 2009 to October 2009
Beach 30th Street
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Queens

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

Description:
Far Rockaway resident Ethan Long has created a rammed-earth sculpture along the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk. This large-scale earthwork resembles a minimal cube during the day, but as night falls a series of fiber-optic lights dotting the structure’s surface are revealed. These lights glint like stars against the dirt structure adding a cyberelectric dimension to this powerful tribute of the dexterity of environmental elements.

Esther A. Grillo, SURF'S UP

Esther A. Grillo, SURF'S UP
Spring 2000 to Spring 2000
108th Street on Shore Front Parkway
Rockaway Beach, Queens

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

Description:
Esther Grillo's detailed piece showcases nine photorealistic figures set in an expressionistic surf. The 74' x 12' mural can be seen 24 hours a day at Beach 108th Street on Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway, NY. This project was funded by the City Parks Foundation Grant, the Rockaway Artist's Alliance Apprenticeship Program, Beach Channel High School students and S.H.A.F.T.

Art Students League, Flock
May 14, 2013 to May 13, 2014
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Art Students League of New York, one of America’s premier art schools, presents the Model to Monument Program (M2M), a collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation that has culminated in the installation of the monumental sculpture, Flock, at Van Cortlandt Park.

The sculpture was created by an international team of seven selected League students during a nine-month program led by master sculptor Greg Wyatt. In its third year, ASL created a 15-foot swirl of birds in flight—making note of the amazing bird watching opportunity in the Bronx park. Flock, a collaborative piece also uses the birds to represent the diversity of the Bronx. Included in the exhibition are Beñat Iglesias Lopez, Anna Kuchel Rabinowitz, Anne Stanner, Sherwin Banfield, John N. Erianne, Reina Kubota, and Morito Yasumitsu.

A collaborative installation created by the team is also on concurrently on view in Riverside South Park in Manhattan. This exhibition is presented with the Art Students League.

Petros Chrisostomou, Sky Feather
June 11, 2015 to June 10, 2016
Riverside Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Petros Chrisostomou’s sculpture Sky Feather, Located at the Riverside Park Bird Sanctuary at 116th Street, aims to bring awareness to this vibrant, natural bird community.ÃΑÂ Sky Feather, formerly exhibited at 124th Street and Lennox Avenue, will act as a meeting point in the park and a point of discussion amongst park visitors and birders. Though feathers appear fragile and weightless, sculpture was fabricated with stained and sealed birch plywood and stands at 12 feet tall.ÃΑÂ He notes that a feather is the symbolic remains of a journey or flight. Bird migration gracefully parallels the journey taken by people around the world. The diversity of New York City makes it an interesting and fertile arena for this homage to cultural diversity and migration. He also hopes that the sculpture will draw people from other neighborhoods to the park, adding an additional layer of movement.

The Riverside Park Bird Sanctuary runs from 116th Street to 124th Street. Since 1997, the approximately 10 acres of the Sanctuary have been undergoing reforestation, and over 3,000 plants have been added. In the last thirty years 177 species of birds have been seen in or around the Sanctuary, with a yearly average of about 120 species. Visitors can expect to see the blue grosbeak, summer tanager, hooded warbler, mourning warbler and nine species of sparrows, among others. For more information on the Bird Sanctuary and optimal birding times visit NYC Audubon’s website.

Summer on the Hudson, the NYC Parks’ annual outdoor arts and culture festival in Riverside Park, will organize an artist talk with Chrisostomou and a bird walk in conjunction with this exhibition. Program dates will be listed on the Summer on the Hudson website.

This exhibition was kindly supported by the Riverside Park Conservancy and the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP).

Fanny Allie Serendipty photo courtesy of the artist

Fanny Allié, Serendipity
June 2013 to April 25, 2014
Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Fanny Allie, a French artist based in New York, has created a site-specific public artwork for Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan’s East Village. The sculpture, titled Serendipity, is a life-size, steel silhouette of a formerly homeless man who spent much of his time in the park. The exhibition will be located near the western entrance at St. Mark’s Place and Avenue A and is on view through November 2013.

Allie visited Tompkins Square to prepare for the exhibition and find a regular park visitor to serve as the model for her piece. Instead the model found her. Christopher Gamble approached Allie and struck up a conversation. They later met for coffee where he revealed he was previously homeless for 28 years and frequented the park. Gamble agreed to model for the sculpture. The steel figure stands with its face looking up to the sky, shoulders and arms outreached, preparing to take flight. Allie interprets the piece as a symbol of hope and the desire to strive for something greater. In a series of recent works, she has focused on the human body, with a particular interest in its outline. By removing the center of the figure, she plays with ideas of memory and the mark we leave on places and others.

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