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Art in the Parks

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.

Celebrating 50 Years of Art in the Parks

Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Art in the Parks program! Visit more than 50 public artworks currently on view in our parks, and celebrate with us at our upcoming anniversary events!

Celebrate 50 Years of Art in the Parks

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Oscar Muñoz, Re/trato
October 25, 2012 to December 12, 2012
High Line Channel 14, 14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street
The High Line, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.


One of Colombia's most influential artists, Oscar Munoz has created an impressive body of work that investigates memory and history, and the ways both intertwine with our contemporary society. In Re/trato, a human hand paints a man's portrait on a concrete sidewalk by using a brush and water. Reflecting on the ephemeral nature of identity, the work highlights the liminal space between remembering and forgetting, between an image and its obliteration.

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of the High Line

Krzysztof Wodiczko, Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection
November 8, 2012 to December 9, 2012
South of Pavilion
Union Square Park, Manhattan
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.


The voices and images of recent veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as Vietnam veterans, animate the historic bronze commemorative statue of Abraham Lincoln that has stood silently in Union Square since 1870. The sculpture by Henry Kirke Brown (who also sculpted the George Washington at the park's south plaza), was commissioned by the Union League Club, in the wake of the president's assassination, as a lasting testimonial.

Wodiczko interviewed 30 veterans or their family members over the course of several months for Abraham Lincoln, and used 14 taped conversations about their war experiences and the toll of duty on their family life. These points of views, presented in each person's own words, voice, and gestures, are projected via sound and light onto the figure of Lincoln.

The project is organized and sponsored by More Art.

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