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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.

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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2017

Brooklyn

Cecile Chong, EL DORADO - The New Forty-Niners
June 24, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

Cecile Chong’s installation is based on the myth of the lost treasure of El Dorado. Over the centuries the story has been told in many ways, often as a metaphor for an ultimate prize that one might spend a lifetime seeking. In this updated version of the story, El Dorado is discovered in Sunset Park as a contemporary archeological site. This installation promotes ideas of transformation, immigration and community. It honors the opportunities that this city offers to newcomers, but most of all, it acknowledges the labor and efforts that immigrants contribute in return.

This installation consists of 100 metallic-colored sculptures scattered within a fenced-in triangle near the northwest corner of the park, close to the entrance on 5th Avenue at 41st Street. The sculptures are modeled after tightly swaddled babies, or “guaguas,” that the artist saw while living in Ecuador. Forty-nine sculptures will be gold, referring to the 49% of New Yorkers who speak a language other than English at home.

Image courtesy of El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center

Jordan Morales, Hamairi Alvarez and Jordy Victor, Enlightenment, Unity and Freedom
June 17, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Hope Ballfield, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

During the school year, artist Raul Ayala worked with three students at El Puente to create a series of three designs based on the themes of freedom and community empowerment. These designs are then cut into different geometric shapes on plywood, and hung from chain link fence. El Puente has been a force in Bushwick for the last 25 years developing powerful youth leaders through its El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center. For the past four years, El Puente has been leading the transformation of Hope Ballfield for the community.

This exhibition is presented by El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center.

Nancy Borowick, The Family Imprint
June 10, 2017 to October 31, 2017
At Washington and Prospect Streets
Anchorage Plaza, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

The Family Imprint is an intimate story of family, as the humanitarian photographer Nancy Borowick’s parents underwent parallel treatments for stage-four cancer. The story is about life and love more than cancer and death. In a sense, it reads and feels like a scrapbook—and is filled with decades of saved loved letters, keepsakes and other clues about her family members’ lives, enriching the larger story which she had been photographing for a few years already. The project, which was formally known as Cancer Family Ongoing, was published nationally and internationally, has received international awards and recognition, most recently a World Press Photo award in 2016. Here, Borowick’s images are reproduced on vinyl banners. While deeply personal, this work touches all who pass by it in this public space.

This exhibition is presented by United Photo Industries and the DUMBO BID.

Image courtesy of the artist

William Soltis, Divergence
July 18, 2017 to October 31, 2017
Cuyler Gore Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Divergence is a sculpture about experimentation with the human form, positive and negative relationships, and the interplay between the figure and a sculptural environment. In his art, William Soltis experiments with shapes, images, patterns, and lines, allowing the construction process to create the idea, rather than forcing a completely formed idea into becoming an object. As a subject, the human figure lends itself well to this open process. It can be left representational or made abstract. Its form can be smooth, angular, sharp, or curved, with active, passive, or emotive gestures. He often works with welded metal due to its versatility, permanence, and strength and ability to survive indoor, outdoors, in gardens, or urban settings equally well.

Image courtesy of Public Art Fund

Anish Kapoor, Descension
May 3, 2017 to September 10, 2017
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

As part of its 40th Anniversary season, Public Art Fund brings Descension, one of Anish Kapoor’s most viscerally arresting installations, to New York City for the first time. Sited at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, this massive, continuously spiraling funnel of water will harness one of the most evanescent of materials and create a striking contrast with the adjacent East River. Kapoor, among the most influential artists of his generation, has had a career-long engagement with space and the limits of perception. With Descension, he has created a dynamic negative space that descends into the ground, disturbing the familiar boundaries of our world. In the midst of a quintessential New York park, Kapoor invites us to experience the sheer perceptual wonder of an ordinary material like water made to behave in an extraordinary way.

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Photo credit Jacob Farber

Jacob Farber, Rene
August 22, 2016 to August 13, 2017
Valentino Pier, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

René is comprised of scrap wood found in nearby Gowanus, Brooklyn. The sculpture speaks to the community members and organizations that are being forgotten as neighborhoods develop. This work enhances the conversations related to sustainability and usefulness as they apply to Brooklyn, but also other communities where residents, businesses, and artists have been forced out by neighborhood change. Farber hopes that this work will serve as a reminder that communities can come together and find a sustainable way in which to move forward. The name of the sculpture relates to the theme of again finding a voice, being found, and–through cooperation and collaboration–being reborn

Photo courtesy of AREA4

AREA4 and Suchi Reddy, Prospect Park 150: The Connective Project
July 7, 2017 to July 17, 2017
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Prospect Park Alliance, AREA4 and Suchi Reddy of Reddymade Architecture & Design debut a large-scale public art installation in Prospect Park on the occasion of the Park’s 150th Anniversary. The Connective Project transforms Prospect Park’s Rose Garden—a little-known landscape in the Park’s northeast corner—into an immersive, engaging and ever-growing display. The Connective Project is composed of more than 7,000 individually designed pinwheels, printed with artwork, photographs, verse and prose submitted by the public. During the installation, the public will be invited to take part in making additional pinwheels to add to the display during select hours. Reddy chose pinwheels because they are universally loved objects of childhood memories, much like public parks, and evoke nature in their movement attuned to wind and natural forces.

This exhibition is presented by the Prospect Park Alliance.

Carole Eisner, Monumental Sculptures at Prospect Park
May 2016 to May 2017
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

For more than 45 years Eisner has been welding massive abstract sculptures from scrap and recycled metal. The four works that will be on view in Prospect Park are from a series Eisner created in the past 10 years from I–beams, rolled and twisted to create lyrical, elegant forms. This yearlong exhibition utilizes four key sites throughout the Park, chosen to maximize visitor access. The grassy triangle entrance facing Grand Army Plaza is home to Dancer, a 17–foot tall sculpture which spirals and soars upwards. Zerques, one of the smaller sculptures standing six and half feet tall will be placed on the lawn in front of the historic Litchfield Villa on 5th Street. Skipper, rising 13 feet and also constructed with curved I–beams, will greet visitors entering the Park from Bartel–Pritchard Square. Valentine II, named for its elegant heart shaped form, will be placed on the Peninsula in front of the Lake.

This exhibition is presented by Susan Eley Fine Art and the Prospect Park Alliance.

Untitled, photo courtesy of ISCP

Maartje Korstanje, Untitled
November 2, 2016 to January 27, 2017
Olive Street Garden, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Untitled is part of the group exhibition The Animal Mirror, on view nearby at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP). Korstanje’s site–specific installation consists of five sculptures and continues her investigations into the way art can intervene in the processes of the natural world. The sculptures are made from a mix of natural and human-made materials and are designed to serve as attractive homes for solitary bees. Unlike domesticated bees, solitary bees live alone, rather than in collective hives. Designed as much for use by the garden’s natural fauna as they are for the enjoyment of its human visitors, the sculptures will alter with the changing of the seasons.

Korstanje–a Dutch artist whose mother is a beekeeper–began her involvement with bees in 2006 in the midst of the first scientific reports of colony collapse disorder, in which a large number of honeybee colonies in North America and Europe suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. Traced to the use of industrial pesticides, among other causes, this phenomenon still poses a serious threat to agricultural production in the world, where bees play an essential role in pollinating many crops. Korstanje’s installation is meant to visually suggest swarming masses of insects, while the incorporated bamboo sticks and their hollow interiors also provide ready-made nesting grounds.

This exhibition is presented by International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP).

Manhattan

Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me, Courtesy of the Artist

Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me
November 17, 2017 to November 16, 2018
Howard Bennett Playground, Manhattan
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Description:
Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me is a colorful 30-foot landscape along the fence at Howard Bennett Playground. The installation depicts the imagined journey of a coqui, a small frog native to Puerto Rico known for its unique call, and his journey to New York. Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of an initiative to create health-inspired public art installations that encourage park use and strengthen community connections. 

This exhibition is part of Art in the Parks: Active Open Space presented by Mullaly Bikepark with the Department for Health and Mental Hygiene, the Fund for Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Image Credit: Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me, Courtesy of the Artist

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