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Get psyched! 10 stunning public art installations are coming to NYC parks this summer

Written by
Danielle Valente

You and your little ones are going to have a lot of selfies to take this summer—just head to your neighborhood park and get ready to strike a pose. 

NYC Parks and UNIQLO teamed up once again to choose 10 recipients of Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant. But New Yorkers are really the ones benefiting from this prestigious honor. Thanks to this initiative, fun, creative installations from local artists will make their way to spots across the five boroughs. 

“We are pleased to continue our wonderful partnership with UNIQLO which has generously contributed to our vital public art program,” NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, said in a statement. “This funding brings public art to 10 culturally underserved parks, and supports local emerging artists in our communities. All of the projects chosen correspond to their specific sites, adding a personal connection between each park and its work of art.”

Each artist will receive $10,000 to get their project up and running. But this isn't the only great part about the grant. It also includes UNIQLO’s donation of cold weather essentials to the park employees for the colder months. 

"We are also thrilled to continue to support the hard working staff of NYC Parks, contributing our innovative, functional apparel to the dedicated employees who keep our parks clean and safe for all,” Hiroshi Taki, UNIQLO USA CEO said in a statement. "After a successful first year, we are proud and excited to support a new group of  talented local artists whose visions will surely enhance the enjoyment of local parks by residents and visitors alike." 

Curious where to head this summer? Here's what you can see and where


  • Joyce Kilmer Park: Dionisio Cortes Ortega, “Sitting Together”
  • Virginia Park: Cara Lynch, “I’m So Happy You’re Here”

Photograph: Courtesy Cara Lynch


  • Fort Greene Park: Tanda Francis, “Adorn Me”
  • Herbert Von King Park: Roberto Visani, (x)ofmanychildren”


  • Seward Park: Karla & James Murray, “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.”
  • Thomas Jefferson Park: Harumi Ori, “I am Here @ Thomas Jefferson Park, 113 Street and 1st Ave, Manhattan, NY”
Photograph: Courtesy Karla & James Murray


  • Flushing Meadow Corona Park: Zaq Landsberg, “Islands of the Unisphere”
  • Rufus King Park: Rose DeSiano, “Absent Monuments”

Staten Island

  • Faber Park: Jackie Mock, “The Pencil Museum”
  • Tappen Park:  Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, “Stick Stump & The Lawn Lumps”
Photograph: Courtesy Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao

Looking to expose your little ones to even more art? Visit these museum for kids, get tickets to one of these Broadway shows for kids and start planning your vacation and compile a list of summer activities for kids.

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