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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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.


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.

Alan Binstock, Wayfinder,2009 glass, resin, steel, photo courtesy of the artist

Alan Binstock, Wayfinder, Trance Ender, Third Portal
April 15, 2013 to September 13, 2013
Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.


Three sculptures by artist Alan Binstock are on view in Ft. Tryon Park—Wayfinder, located across from the New Leaf Café, and Third Portal and Trance Ender, found along the Stan Michels Promenade. Made of resin, shattered tempered glass and steel, all three pieces appear to be tools offering direction or pathways to discovery and (inner) navigation.

These sculptures are appropriately placed along the promenade that overlooks the Heather Garden, so the natural colors of the garden are reflected in Binstock’s luminous sculptures.

Alan Binstock also worked as a jeweler, carpenter, cabinetmaker, and taught yoga, verging close to a monastic life in an ashram community. Binstock currently works as an architect at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He finds the continued exposure to near and deep space images, as well as Eastern metaphysics, powerful influences on his work. Wayfinder borrows and interprets the forms of ancient armillaries and astrolabes, as well as Hubble imagery. Mantras and words of peace are inscribed in the outer ring and the center is composed of shattered tempered glass and dyed resin that catches the light that shines through the trees overhead. Trance Ender was inspired by the idea of energy centers (chakras) referenced in Eastern philosophies. With an interest in transmitting these ideas, Binstock mimicked the form of transmission towers. His new sculpture, Third Portal is also made of colorful shattered glass and caste resins that resemble the rotating cosmos.

Akihiro Ito, Forever, Riverside Park South

Art Students League, Model to Monument
June 24, 2011 to May 2012
59th to 72nd Streets
Riverside Park South, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

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 seven sculptures on view along Riverside South from 59th to 72nd Streets.
The sculptures were created by an international team of seven selected League students during a nine-month program led by master sculptor Greg Wyatt.  The pieces, one by each artist, range from abstractions conjuring New York City’s past and future, to a life-size bronze of a girl and her dog looking out on the Hudson River. The exhibition includes: River Gazers by Elizabeth Allison, The New Age by John Balsamo, Looking Up by Allston Chapman, Forever by Akihiro Ito, Flight: Past to Future by Selva Sanjines, Wish by Noa Shay, and Seiren by Matthew White.

A collaborative sculpture created by the team is also on concurrently on view in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The artwork, a monumental mask, was inspired by the regular performances programmed behind the Van Cortlandt House Museum.

This work was made possible by the Art Students League’s Model to Monument Program.

Luisa Caldwell, Jetfire
Courtesy the West Harlem Art Fund

Various Artists, Hallelujah Public Art Festival
July to September 2006
Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan

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

Four installations are part of the Hallelujah Public Art Festival, a production of the West Harlem Art Fund. At Marcus Garvey Park, Cuban-American artist Florencio Gelabert presents Forest Door, three tilting columns of stainless steel. At Morningside, Barbara Segal’s Drawn to Water features playful, oversized lily pads and dragonflies on the park’s scenic pond. On the south lawn of Jackie Robinson, Luisa Caldwell’s Jetfire is a giant “model” plane, poised for flight.

Image Credit: Justin Brice Guariglia, Climate Signals, courtesy of the artist

Justin Brice Guariglia, Climate Signals
September 1, 2018 to November 6, 2018

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


Prominent, unexpected messages about climate change dot the New York City landscape, sparking curiosity and raising awareness. The exhibition consists of ten large, solar-powered highway signs with phrases that draw passers-by into the climate conversation. The signs will appear in parks across the city in a range of neighborhoods, including some of those most vulnerable to climate change, and will flash translations into several of the many languages of NYC.

This fall programming is made possible by a range of intense collaborations that appropriately represent the partnership and joint action needed to tackle climate change. Fifteen citywide partners will co-host a broad range of programming related to the exhibition and to moving forward together on the climate challenge. NYC Parks locations include Hunts Point Riverside Park and St. Mary’s Park, Bronx; Sunset Park, Brooklyn; St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan; Flushing Meadows Corona Park (starting Sept 10) and Rockaway Beach at Beach 94th Street, Queens. Visit for the full list of locations.

This exhibition is presented by the Climate Museum.

Sing for Hope's Pop-Up Pianos located at 88 locations citywide.

Sing for Hope, Pop-Up Pianos
June 18, 2011 to July 2, 2011

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


​Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos are coming to a street near you to celebrate our vision: that all New Yorkers — from Rockaway to Riverdale, Stapleton to Sunset Park — have access to the arts. Each one of the 88 pianos you find on New York City streets, in parks and on boardwalks, has been painted by a Sing for Hope Volunteer Artist who shares our mission of bringing the arts to all.

From June 18 to July 2, enjoy impromptu performances on the pianos by members of our Volunteer Artist Roster – maybe a Broadway star, a local songwriter, or a ballerina.  These individuals share one thing: a desire to give back through their art, and to unite artists with their local communities.  We invite you to join in the fun by visiting your local piano, playing a tune, and spreading the word.

After the project ends on July 2, Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos will be donated to the local schools, hospitals, and community organizations that we serve year-round.

The 2011 Sing for Hope Pop-Up Pianos, inspired by British artist Luke Jerram, is the world’s largest street piano installation to date, and is expected to reach over two million people.

For more information and a list of locations visit Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos website. Sing for Hope is presented in cooperation with the City of New York.

Chuck von Schmidt, OSIT, courtesy of the Artist

14 Sculptors, Oh Sit! 14 Sculptors Consider the Chair
June 6, 2015 to November 8, 2015
Highbridge Park, Manhattan

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


Located along the esplanade leading up to the recently opened High Bridge, Oh Sit! 14 Sculptors Consider the Chair is a group exhibition of nine artists’ public artworks. In a frantic world, finding a chair can be almost impossible and settling comfortably into one can be an enormous satisfaction. Sitting in the wrong seat can cause anxiety and an even pain. Exhibiting artists Dan Bergman, Allan Cyprys, Robert Dell, Gregoire Ferland, Esther Grillo, Christina Jorge, Siena Gillann Porta, Herb Rosenberg and Chuck von Schmidt respond imaginatively to the notion of sitting or using a chair. Oh Sit! is framed as an imperative, a command—a way of asking the viewer to look and really consider the concept “chair” both objectively and subjectively.

14 Sculptors is a group of professional artists who have been actively exhibiting throughout the metropolitan area, creating a forum for experimental sculpture and principally installation artworks free from the constraints of a commercial viewpoint. This non-profit tax exempt organization has been functioning under the auspices of the New York Foundation for the Arts for the past 42 years.

This exhibition is sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Rockaway Artist Alliance.

Ruth Hofheimer, Birds of Paradise, courtesy of the Natural Areas Conservancy

Ruth Hofheimer, Birds of Paradise
September 1, 2017 to August 30, 2018
Bayswater Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.


New York City-based artist Ruth Hofheimer has installed Birds of Paradise, a 500-foot-long mural at the gateway to Bayswater Park as part of an initiative to study, restore, and reinvigorate the park. Guided by the artist, neighborhood volunteers helped paint the mural using a simple paint-by-numbers process. Inspired by the wildlife in Bayswater Park and the larger ecosystem of Jamaica Bay, Hofheimer’s mural reflects the landscape, plants, and animals that live along the city's coastline. Images of herons, osprey, striped bass, Spanish mackerel, and marshy grasslands are incorporated into the public artwork. Birds, particularly herons, are the focus of Hofheimer’s design because of Jamaica Bay's famed reputation as a "birder’s paradise."

This exhibition is presented by the Natural Areas Conservancy and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy

Herb Rosenberg, A Monument to Hope, 2017, image courtesy of the artist

Various Artists, On the Rock 2017: An Exhibition of Sculpture
June 3, 2017 to October 9, 2017
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.


This group exhibition includes 16 sculptures by 15 artists at 14 sites adjacent to the newly completed boardwalk on Shore Front Parkway, spanning from Beach 73 Street to Beach 108 Street. The sculptures celebrate the spirit and beauty of the Rockaways and range from the intimate to the monumental. Artists in this exhibition include Dan Bergman, Allan Cyprys, Sean 'Febrications' Landau, Esther A. Grillo, Bibiana Huang Matheis, Christina Jorge, Sui Park, Siena Gillann Porta, Carl Rattner, Herb Rosenberg, Stan Squirewell, Anne Stanner, Chuck von Schmidt, and collaborative artists Carmen Frank and Laura Frank. During each month of the exhibition, arts and cultural events, special programs and tours will be offered free to the public. For more information on related programming, please visit

This exhibition is presented by 14 Sculptors Inc., with support from the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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