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.


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

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 ...

Virginia Overton: Untitled

For High Line Art, Overton will transform an old pickup truck into a sculpture installed on the stacked parking next ...