public art

Candy sculpture of Saudi Arabia evicted from 9/11 Memorial

Twenty giant candy sculptures wrapped in the flags of the United Nations G20 members will be relocated from next to the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan after an uproar over one of the candies representing Saudi Arabia. Candy Nations was created in 2011 for the G20 Summit in Cannes, France and has been...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 3:30pm

These musical arches on Broadway light up as you walk through them

A tunnel of color-changing arches that light up and play music as you walk through them are taking over a pedestrian plaza in the Garment District this winter. Opening Wednesday, Jan. 9 along Broadway from West 37th to 38th streets, Iceberg is part interactive public art, and part lesson about how...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 5:07pm

PHOTOS: The Most Influential Public Art in New York City History

It would not be a stretch to say that public art saved New York City. The first murals and statues free of museum curation and art galleries came along in 1967, at a time when the city was buckling beneath crime and budget deficits. “Mayor John Lindsay was keen on the idea of supporting the...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 4:18pm

How to take a free boat tour of New York Harbor all summer

Taking a boat tour of New York Harbor is a rite of passage for many tourists, but Summer 2018 brings a new ship to the city that’s cool enough for even New Yorkers to take a ride. And this boat tour of New York Harbor is also totally free. The historic Fireboat John J. Harvey has retired...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 12:01pm

Sing along with a naked choir on NYC Bodypainting Day

It’s not summer until the naked choir sings. Coming to Washington Square Park in July, NYC Bodypainting Day will feature a first-ever musical performance by about 60 fully nude women and men taking part in the annual celebration of body positivity. Taking place Saturday, July 14, NYC...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 10:00am

Dance with these giant balloons taking over Brookfield Place

After being overrun by giant glowing rabbits in 2016, Lower Manhattan’s palm tree paradise Brookfield Place is hosting another set of oversized balloon sculptures called Animal Soul. The colorful larger-than-life figures arriving on July 11 are best described as a savage garden, creations...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:35pm

Broadway's new giant fairytale sculptures bend reality

They say there’s always magic in the air on Broadway, but this summer there will also be some real-life fairytale creatures watching over New York’s most famous avenue. In Dreams Awake brings six towering statues that “delightfully break the boundaries between art, the urban...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:01pm

Eat free hot dogs in Brooklyn Bridge Park all summer at this bus

Last summer, the Public Art Fund made us confront our own mortality with Anish Kapoor’s perpetual whirlpool Descension in Brooklyn Bridge Park. For Summer 2018, the nonprofit art group is going for a lighter touch. Already DUMBO’s most popular outdoor destination, Brooklyn Bridge Park...

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 12:26pm

Sea of Light at the Seaport is what a mermaid disco would look like

If the Little Mermaid had gone to a nightclub under the sea, it would look like the Seaport District. For the holiday season, the home of New York City’s nautical beginnings is getting an interactive art show called Sea of Light opening Dec. 5 at 89 South St. Created by “light artist...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 4:53pm

Glowing lanterns enchant a Winter Garden where it never snows

One of NYC’s most spectacular holiday light shows takes place in the comfort of a garden where winter never comes. Starting Nov. 28, Luminaries brings a floating sea of over 600 glowing lanterns to the Winter Garden in Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan (230 Vesey St.) Suspended over the...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 5:07pm

What is the meaning behind Ai Weiwei's Good Fences in NYC?

New Yorkers are going to live a little less free for a few months, a reminder of the life of refugees both here and abroad. The largest public art project in New York City history, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors brings over 300 artworks spanning all five boroughs to spark more, and increasingly...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:48am

Where to find Ai Weiwei’s fences in New York City

New York City's biggest public art project ever, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, has revealed the locations of more than 300 works of art to be spread across all five boroughs this fall. Inspired by the ongoing crisis of global displacement because of instability created by war and...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 1:47pm

Everything that must be on your 2017 NYC summer bucket list

There’s nothing quite like New York City in the summer. With so much going on across the five boroughs from June to September, where do you even begin? We did the hard work for you and came up with the ultimate 2017 summer bucket list for our fair city. Visit the Bronx Zoo Zoos don...

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 1:01pm

This Brooklyn mural is the most depressing public art in NYC

Single and broke? You’re probably not spending a lot of time in Williamsburg anyway, and this new mural is here to remind you why. The Dating Destination Walls on the corner of North 10th Street and Wythe Avenue are a collaboration between Delta Air Lines and Tinder, just so you know...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:12pm

A giant ballerina by Jeff Koons now rules Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center has a new queen: a giant ballerina statue created by Jeff Koons. The pop culture artist personally unveiled Seated Ballerina on Friday morning, a 45-foot-tall inflatable figure made of nylon who will preside over the Midtown landmark until June 2. She’s shown pulling on...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 5:34pm