El Anatsui, "Broken Bridge" on the High Line

A 30-foot-tall neon Buckyball in the sky, a familiar statue from a whole new vantage, mischievous bronze figures on the 14th Street A, C, E subway platform—public art works are a reason to visit New York for some, and welcomed flourishes to an everyday route for others. To either audience, public art encourages new ideas, conversation and change the way a city is perceived.

Below are installations—both temporary and permanent—that will take your walk in a different direction.


  • Art Underground

    Discover and enjoy this diverse and beautiful collection of commissioned public artwork installed throughout the subway and commuter rail stations of the MTA.


  • African Burial Ground Memorial

    African Burial Ground National Monument

    Manhattan

    Ongoing

    The memorial honors the estimated 15,000 enslaved and free Africans who were interred here during the 17th and 18th centuries. Visitors to the monument learn about the harsh living conditions ...


  • Joie de Vivre

    Zuccotti Park

    Ongoing

    Sculptor Mark di Suvero's 70-foot-high Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) resides in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.


  • Keith Haring: Crack is Wack

    Harlem River Park

    Manhattan

    Ongoing

    at 128th Street and Second Avenue


  • CITYarts Peace Wall

    Jacob Schiff Playground

    Ongoing

    The Pieces for Peace Mosaic stretches 213 feet (65 meters) and incorporates works of art submitted by youth from all over the globe.


  • Red Cube

    New York

    Isamu Noguchi's sculpture was installed in Lower Manhattan in 1968. The diagonal lines of red painted steel stand in contrast to the stark horizontal and vertical lines of the adjacent ...


  • Spencer Finch, The River That Flows Both Ways

    High Line

    Manhattan

    Ongoing

    The artist transforms a semi-enclosed loading dock's existing casement windows with 700 individually crafted panes of glass representing the water conditions on the Hudson River over a single day.


African Burial Ground Memorial

The memorial honors the estimated 15,000 enslaved and free Africans who were interred here during the 17th and 18th centuries. ...

Joie de Vivre

Sculptor Mark di Suvero's 70-foot-high Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) resides in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.

Keith Haring: Crack is Wack

at 128th Street and Second Avenue

CITYarts Peace Wall

The Pieces for Peace Mosaic stretches 213 feet (65 meters) and incorporates works of art submitted by youth from all ...

Spencer Finch, The River That Flows Both Ways

The artist transforms a semi-enclosed loading dock's existing casement windows with 700 individually crafted panes of glass representing the water ...