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.
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 under which African-Americans toiled, the customs they added to our culture and the many contributions they made to colonial America.
Time spent outdoors with works of public art encourages new ideas, conversations and a welcomed flourish to an otherwise ordinary route. Take a detour on your next commute to visit one of these nearby pieces.
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 Marine Midland Building.