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Through collaborations with a diverse group of arts organizations and artists, Parks brings to the public both experimental and traditional art in many park locations. Please browse our list of current exhibits below, explore our archives of past exhibits or read more about the Art in the Parks Program.

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Mark di Suvero, Aesope's Fables - Beyond Double Tetrahedron

Mark di Suvero,Aesope's Fables - Beyond Double Tetrahedron
June 2004 to March 2005
between 5th and Madison avenues, East 23rd and East 26th streets
Madison Square Park, Manhattan

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

Marking the fifth year of Mad Square Art, a program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, three monumental sculptures by the internationally renowned sculptor Mark di Suvero will be on view in Madison Square Park. The three sculptures on view demonstrate the expressive range of di Suvero's epic steel constructions, from the classically vertical Double Tetrahedron to the organic forms in Beyond. A force in contemporary sculpture since the 1950's, di Suvero is one of the most important American artists to have emerged from the Abstract Expressionist era. His sculptures have been exhibited in citywide exhibitions in Paris, Venice and Stuttgart and his works are in the collections of museums in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tom Otterness, Tom Otterness on Broadway

Tom Otterness,Tom Otterness on Broadway
September 20, 2004 to March 18, 2005
Locations along Broadway, Manhattan

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

Tom Otterness on Broadway, an exhibition of 25 bronze sculptures by New York sculptor Tom Otterness stretching from Columbus Circle to Washington Heights, represents the first large display of temporary public art on the Broadway Malls, the landscaped medians on Broadway from 60th to 168th Street. Considered one of the premier public artists working in the United States, Tom Otterness has exhibited widely and completed commissions in North America and abroad. His stylized bronze figures combine into sculptural ensembles that explore the range of human experience, from grand ambition to common foibles, plucking imagery and themes from popular culture and subtly transforming them into humorous commentary. Tom Otterness on Broadway is a collaboration of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, The Broadway Mall Association, Marlborough Gallery and Tom Otterness Studio.

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Christo & Jeanne-Claude, The Gates, Central Park

Christo & Jeanne-Claude,The Gates, Central Park
February 12, 2005 to February 27, 2005
Walkways in Central Park
Central Park, Manhattan

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

The Gates transformed Central Park with 7,500 16-foot-tall, free-hanging, saffron-colored fabric panels lining the Park's walkways.

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Allan McCollum, Perfect Vehicles

Allan McCollum,Perfect Vehicles
September 2, 2004 to January 15, 2005
Doris C. Freedman Plaza
Central Park, Manhattan

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

Public Art Fund presents three new Perfect Vehicles at the southeast corner of Central Park. This will be the first time in more than a decade that McCollum has made new works in this iconic sculptural series, and it will also be the artist's first-ever outdoor exhibition in New York. McCollum, who came to the art world's attention with his Surrogate Paintings of the late 1970s, has continued to create wide-ranging conceptual artworks that deftly examine the nature of art and other culturally valued objects, the practice of museum display, and the relationship between originals and copies. Installed at the southeast entrance to Central Park, McCollum's Perfect Vehicles will form an unlikely counterpart to the more traditional statuary at nearby Grand Army Plaza and elsewhere throughout the park. More information available at


Anissa Mack and Dave McKenzie, It's a Small Float..., 2005, proposal image;courtesy of the artist.

Various Artists,Down the Garden Path: The Artist's Garden After Modernism
June 26, 2005 to October 9, 2005
Queens Botanical Garden
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

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

Organized by the Queens Museum of Art, Down the Garden Path explores gardens as metaphors or points of departure to understand history, politics, and our relationship to nature. Complementing the indoor exhibition at the museum, artists Lonnie Graham, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Ghada Amer, Brian Tolle, and Diana Balmori, and Anissa Mack and Dave McKenzie will install five new works in the open spaces adjacent to the museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the nearby Queens Botanical Garden.

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