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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Photo: Fitzhugh Karol, Field's Jax I at Clumber Corner, Courtesy of the artist.

Fitzhugh Karol, Field's Jax I
April 29, 2019 to April 28, 2020
Clumber Corner, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Field’s Jax, created by Brooklyn-based sculptor Fitzhugh Karol, is a series of four works created using steel recycled from a previous single large sculpture, now re-conceived as smaller and more interactive sculptures. Scattered throughout DUMBO, the sculptures’ lyrical arrangement encourages pedestrians to try to spot the next one and explore the neighborhood. For Field’s Jax, Karol worked with nine parts from his monumental sculpture Eyes, which was on view in Staten Island’s Tappen Park in 2017. The other two sculptures are located at Front Street at York Street, and in front of Bridge Street on the corner of Prospect and Jay Streets, and exhibited with the NYC DOT Art Program.

This exhibition is presented by the DUMBO BID.

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist

Daniele Frazier, Temporary Red Dot
March 20, 2020 to April 15, 2020
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Temporary Red Dot is a living artwork consisting of 3,000 red tulips planted in a 14-foot diameter circle in Highland Park, Brooklyn. Planted in December 2019, the tulips will reach their peak bloom during the first week of April 2020.

Image credit: Courtesy of the artist

Courtney McCloskey, Pieces of Poetry: a community mosaic celebration
April 13, 2019 to April 12, 2020
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Pieces of Poetry: a community mosaic celebration is an artist led, community-generated project that will turn hundreds of broken glass shards into a mosaic celebrating three of Fort Greene’s literary greats—Walt Whitman, Richard Wright, and Marianne Moore. The mosaic depicts a bookshelf containing books that display the titles of famous works by Whitman, Wright and Moore on their spines. The artist worked with students from PS 20, The Greene Hill School, Science, Language & Arts International School and Brooklyn Technical High School to create the mosaic pieces and tiles.

This exhibition is presented by the Fort Greene Park Conservancy. Funding and support provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Buckhorn Association, UrbanGlass, GasWorksNYC, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York City Council.

Image Credit: Daniele Fraizer, Ecology Sampler: 40.684523 Latitude, -73.886898 Longitude, courtesy of the artist

Daniele Frazier, Ecology Sampler: 40.684523 Latitude, -73.886898 Longitude
March 20, 2019 to March 19, 2020
Highland Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Ecology Sampler by Daniele Frazier is a 6’ x 10’ handmade flag depicting fifteen notable creatures that live or migrate through Highland Park and the Ridgewood Reservoir in Brooklyn. The flag is flanked by eight additional flags along the yardarm that highlight the silhouettes of local tree leaves. Atop the 30-foot flag pole is an eight-inch-diameter, hand painted earth.

Flags are typically used to mark territories, boundaries, and ownership. In this case, Frazier subverts their normal use by displaying living things and migrating species that do not know or abide by boundaries.

In quilting a sampler is a quilt that does not repeat the same block pattern within its layout – a representative collection of one's technical skillset. In this case, the public artwork is not only a sampler of quilt blocks, but a sampler of the local ecology.

The site for this artwork is on the Atlantic Flyway bird migratory path, and features a large body of water. These two characteristics make this park, which is a protected wetland, a uniquely hospitable ecosystem for migrating birds. There are over 160 bird species that inhabit or travel through Highland Park, in addition to a diverse network of local plants and wildlife. Through educating the community about its unique flora and fauna, Frazier hopes to inspire a new generation of citizen conservationists to keep urban communities safe and clean for all wildlife species.

Image: Harold Ancart, Subliminal Standard, courtesy of Public Art Fund, Photo by Nicholas Knight.

Harold Ancart, Subliminal Standard
May 1, 2019 to March 1, 2020
Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Subliminal Standard, an interactive new commission by Brooklyn-based, Belgian-born artist Harold Ancart. The artist has constructed a large scale painted concrete sculpture inspired by New York City’s ubiquitous handball courts, which have fascinated Ancart for years because of their unexpected relationship to the history of abstraction. The painting references the traditional boundary lines of the court and the inadvertent abstract compositions created when city courts are repaired and repainted to mask graffiti and weathering over time.

Popularized by early 20th century immigrants to the United States, handball is among the most democratic sports, requiring nothing more than a small ball and a wall to play. The handball court is also the only type of playground that offers a freestanding double-sided wall which, according to the artist, “offers a unique possibility to show painting in a public space.” Ancart’s immersive sculpture will create a place for interaction, while bringing to light the ever-present painterly qualities that inherently exist in the structure of the handball court.  The title of the work poetically references the unintended abstract compositions and patterns created through their use and wear in relation to the standard lines that mark the limits of the playgrounds. 

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund


Image courtesy of the artist

Manuel Ferreiro Badia, Compostela Fractal Study of a Shell
February 3, 2020 to February 2, 2021
Finn Square, Manhattan
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The sculpture Compostela Fractal Study of a Shell is based on origami studies and is composed of broken steel planes that cause the sculpture to change or live with sunlight. It reflects in an abstract way the fractal system of matter, looking for a simplicity that reflects the interior of every being. It is a work inspired in the study of the nature, in particular of a shell: the volume is reduced to its fractal structure, to its geometry.

Image: Flora_Interpretations, Courtesy of the artist.

Rose & Mike DeSiano, Flora_Interpretations
October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020
Clinton Community Garden, Manhattan
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This mural is inspired by two native New Yorkers, and members of several community gardens, who understand the value of green space in a big city. The artists invited local residents to the garden to take photos during a guided tour. The images were transformed in to a wall covering mural and was installed with their help. The mural reflects the beauty of this local garden that is possible through the hard work of the volunteers.

This project is part of NYC Parks GreenThumb’s Art in the Gardens - Shed Murals project, an initiative that provides local artists with the opportunity to collaborate with community gardens as a platform to create and display their art.

Image credit: Simone Leigh, Brick House, photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Simone Leigh, Brick House
June 5, 2019 to September 30, 2020
The High Line, Manhattan
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For the inaugural High Line Plinth commission, Simone Leigh presents Brick House, a sixteen-foot-tall bronze bust of a Black woman. The torso is a combination of the forms of a skirt and a clay house. The figure stands tall and monumental atop the Plinth, gazing resolutely down 10th Avenue.  Brick House is the first monumental work in Anatomy of Architecture, Leigh’s continuing series of sculptures that combine architectural forms from regions as varied as West Africa and the American South with the human body. The sculpture references numerous architectural forms: Batammaliba architecture from Benin and Togo; the teleuk of the Mousgoum people of Cameroon and Chad; and the restaurant Mammy’s Cupboard in the southern U.S. All three references inform both the formal elements of the work—the conflated image of woman and architecture—and its conceptual framework.

Leigh’s Brick House will be centered on the Spur, standing in sharp contrast to the disparate elements of the immediate architectural landscape. The Plinth is the focal point of the Spur, a site whose architectural and human scales are in constant vertiginous negotiation, surrounded by a competitive landscape of glass-and-steel towers shooting up from among older industrial-era brick buildings. In this space, Leigh’s magnificent Black female figure challenges visitors to think more immediately about the architecture around them, and how it reflects customs, values, priorities, and society as a whole.

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of the High Line . 

Image caption: Chloë Bass, Wayfinding, 2019. Photo: SaVonne Anderson

Chloë Bass, Chloë Bass: Wayfinding
September 28, 2019 to September 27, 2020
St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan
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The Studio Museum in Harlem presents Chloë Bass: Wayfinding, the conceptual artist’s first institutional solo exhibition. This monumental commission features twenty-four site-specific sculptures that gesture toward the structural and visual vernacular of public wayfinding signage. The exhibition begins with and revolves around three central questions, poetically penned by the artist and featured throughout the park in billboard form: How much of care is patience? How much of life is coping? How much of love is attention? Through a combination of text and archival images, Bass’s sculptures activate an eloquent exploration of language, both visual and written, encouraging moments of private reflection in public space.

This exhibition is presented by the Studio Musem in Harlem.

Image courtesy of JACOBSCHANG Architecture

JACOBSCHANG Architecture, El Barrio Bait Station
September 17, 2019 to September 16, 2020
East River Esplanade, Manhattan


The El Barrio Bait Station melds art, function and community by providing a useful working bait station for the local anglers, and by bringing innovative design to a waterfront in need of investment and reinvention. Not only a necessary amenity for the fishermen that line the edges of the East River day and night during the fishing seasons, the project will also serve as a catalyst for activating the neglected stretch of the river. The sculptural kiosk serves as a place to cut bait, or gut and prepare fish that are caught in addition to providing additional lighting, orientation, and educational information about fishing in the area. The bait station also includes a helpful illustration by Clarisa Diaz depicting the fish of the East River, provided courtesy of Gothamist/WNYC.

This exhibition is presented by the Friends of the East River Esplanade (60th-120th Streets) and JACOBSCHANG Architecture with funding provided by NYS Sea Grant.

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