New York City is full of art. Indeed, you don't even need to step foot in a museum to encounter masterpieces by Roy Lichtenstein (at the Times Square subway station), Keith Haring (Harlem's "Crack Is Wack" mural) and Robert Indiana (that LOVE sign midtown). But come summer the city becomes a canvas for all sorts of new, engaging art, with temporary installations sprouting everywhere from the Bronx to Staten Island. Some of them are rogue (remember when someone yarn-bombed the Wall Street bull?), but many of them are formal commissions by the city.
“It’s something that sets New York apart,” says Jennifer Lantzas, public art coordinator for the NYC Parks Department. “Many cities have well-established public art programs, but most of them focus on permanent works.”