Public art in NYC: Essential installations, sculptures and statues

Get outside and see thrilling cultural landmarks and new additions to New York’s impressive body of public art. All for free!

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Alexandre Arrechea, No Limits

Alexandre Arrechea, No Limits Photograph: Camille A. Fernandez


Get outdoors and discover the wealth of public art in NYC, from temporary installations to permanent New York attractions in some of the city’s best parks and plazas. We’ve also got walking tours that will give you a new perspective on the city’s public-art holdings. And check out our guide to the stories behind the statues—who the hell are these people, anyway?—Edited by Jonathan Shannon

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  • El Anatsui, Broken Bridge II on the High Line

    Public art tours

    Discover some of NYC's best public art in places like the High Line and the subway.
  • Public art on the High Line

    Here’s a photographic rundown of pieces both past and current.



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