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!
Circadia is an interactive luminescent sculpture and seating system made from concrete and glow-sand, which will act as a guide to the park entrance. Resembling a historic building foundation, Circadia also mimics the park’s rolling hills and natural rhythms found in nature.
Musa Hixson’s steel sculpture includes several stools enclosed within a flower-shaped frame, which provide a space for intimate conversation in the public park. The sculpture’s horticultural form references the park’s mature landscape.
Jane Manus’ strongly geometric aluminum sculptures, personally welded by hand, draw their primary inspiration from the angularity and structure of architecture. With the play of its cheery, vibrant yellow paint and a dynamic use of negative space, Danielle transforms its surroundings and inspires an interactive viewing experience. The sculpture’s angular lines and joyful hue spring forth from the green lawns and trees surrounding it.
Description: Located at Grand Army Plaza and Bartel Pritchard Square in Prospect Park, Fitzhugh Karol’s two sculptures of colorful intersecting steel shapes reference familiar silhouettes of stairs and hillsides. Their abstract and playful shapes invite interaction and are a reminder of man’s imprint on the landscape.
Image Credit: Fitzhugh Karol, Reaches, courtesy of the artist
One Map of Many Moments is an artist led, community generated project that transforms trash into inspiring public art by turning hundreds of broken glass shards collected from Fort Greene Park into a mosaic map of the park. Drawings from park visitors depicting everything from historic figures of Fort Greene to the current day activities and horticultural wonders of the grounds are sprinkled throughout the map. Each piece of the larger whole offers a contemplative view of our neighborhood’s waste and deep dedication to our park and highlights the role of community in preserving urban green spaces.
Conrad Stojak, 4 Seasons of Lindens at the Linden Sitting Area July 30, 2017 to April 30, 2018 Linden Sitting Area, Brooklyn Map/Directions (in Google Maps)
4 Seasons of Lindens at the Linden Sitting Area consists of four decommissioned parking meters, each outfitted with a small diorama of linden trees throughout the seasons. The meters pay homage to the trees that this small park is named after. These works are part of an ongoing series of work, The Parking Meter Project, by artist Conrad Stojak. Stojak works with obsolete New York parking meters, many of which can be found out on the city streets and in warehouses, by upcycling them into public works of art. Each one is an individualistic, self-contained micro-world depicting New York City scenes in the form of urban dioramas that are community specific.
Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Once You Hear Me, You Won't Forget Me November 17, 2017 to November 16, 2018 Howard Bennett Playground, Manhattan Map/Directions (in Google Maps)
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 El Museo del Barrio 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
The Rose Crystal Tower stands 31-feet tall and is
composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel. Polyvitro—an invention of
Chihuly Studio—is the artist’s term for a plastic material which he
casts into individual chunks which resemble glass, but are lighter and
more resilient. Chihuly first used Polyvitro crystals in the composition
“Crystal Mountain,” a 40-foot sculpture featured in the artist’s
landmark exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000.
Chihuly is an American artist known for revolutionizing the Studio
Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the
realm of craft to fine art. Over his 50-year career, the artist has
become known for his iconic glass sculptures and ambitious architectural
installations in historic cities, museums and gardens around the world.
Description: Atlas of the Third Millennium represents the cross-section of stellar individuals who have called Harlem their home and those who continue to live, work and contribute to its cultural vibrancy. It is a "universe" of stars celebrating
actors, writers, composers, musicians, painters, sculptors, educators, historians, activists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Atlas of the Third Millennium pays homage to and renews the resilience and endowment of all daughters and sons of Harlem.
This exhibition is presented by the Marcus Garvey Park AlliancePublic Art Initiative .
Image credit: Courtesy of Marcus Garvey Park Alliance
Giannina Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano, Jeremy Vega, East Harlem At Play October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 White Park, Manhattan Map/Directions (in Google Maps)
Description: The White Park Art Wall is a collaborative effort
by three local Latino artists: Giannina Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano and Jeremy
Vega. Collectively, the three separate and distinct murals weave together a
scene of sport, art and community, and embody the energy of the park and
surrounding neighborhood. Pictured at center is basketball legend Cesar
Fantauzzi, who is an East Harlem native. He is surrounded by colorful images of
park and street scenes.
East Harlem At Play is produced by the Public Art Initiative of the
Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in collaboration with Friends of White Park, and
Friends of Art Park Alliance. 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
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.