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Art in Our Parks

This season, step outside to enjoy art in New York's parks.

With NYC’s most glorious season upon us, you don’t have to stay inside to take in great art. The Public Art Fund and other art foundations push the boundaries of environmental art and accentuate the landscape of the Big Apple in innovative ways. On the menu this summer are crumbling organic forms overlooking the Hudson River, a reflective mirage of cutouts suspended above a haven of greenery in midtown Manhattan and so much more.

The High Line (btw 11th and 12th aves., btw W. 29th and W. 34th sts.) Visitors to the rail-yard portion of the elevated park come upon Adrián Villar Rojas’ The Evolution of God, spartan concrete blocks that, upon a closer look, reveal a mixture of cement, soft clay and old sneakers. The disintegration of the blocks over time represents the ever-changing identities of city landmarks and spaces. Thru summer 2015.

Madison Square Park
Digital rendering of Teresita Fernández’s Fata Morgana in Madison Square Park (Courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco)

Madison Square Park (btw Madison & Fifth aves., btw E. 23rd & E. 26th sts.) Installed above the park’s pathways, the hovering, golden-mirrored cutouts of Teresita Fernández’s Fata Morgana set the popular relaxation spot ablaze. Thru winter 2016. 

Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd., at 31st Dr., Long Island City, Queens) Agnes Denes is at it again with a plant-based interlude in bustling city life. The environmental artist is growing a 30-foot-tall pyramid of wild flowers and grasses, The Living Pyramid, with the Manhattan skyline as its backdrop. Thru Aug. 30.

Brooklyn Bridge Park (Furman St., at Everit St., Brooklyn) Jeppe Heins’ playful installations, collectively titled Please Touch the Art, encourage interactions between the viewer, the art and other parkgoers. Pieces include augmented park benches that facilitate conversation and a mirrored labyrinth. Thru Apr. 17, 2016.