There’s no denying that New York offers endless opportunities for public art, and with summer finally here, now’s the time to explore what these talented street artists have to offer. From a giant ballerina at Rockefeller Center to goats scattered across a park in Queens, we've selected the best city projects worth seeing in person.
In honor of its 40th anniversary, Public Art Fund presents EARTH POTENTIAL. Walk through City Hall Park to witness artist Katja Novitskova’s seven large, aluminum sculptures showcasing surreal digital print images of the Earth and its surrounding atmosphere. City Hall Park
Head to Rockefeller Center and catch a glimpse of the 45-foot-tall Seated Ballerina, an inflatable ivory nylon sculpture brought to you by Kiehl’s and the Art Production Fund. The monumental piece by renowned artist Jeff Koons—whose past works Puppy and Split-Rocker have also been on display at Rockefeller Center—symbolizes concepts of beauty and connectivity. Rockefeller Center
On the busy streets of East Village, passersby can listen to spoken words from almost two dozen American poets with this crafted arts machine created by coffeehouse owner Ondřej Kobza and cultural manager Michaela Hečková of the Czech Republic. Howl! Happening Gallery, 6 E. First St., 917-475-1294
Over a decade later, artist Dale Chihuly returns to New York with CHIHULY. The New York Botanical Garden exhibition showcases over 20 installations of his organic shapes in various vibrant colors sprawling across the garden's breathtaking vistas. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718-817-8700
Spend the day walking through Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park to see the first presentation by a single artist in its 30-year history. Scattered across the five-acre park are six new goat sculptures, representing Nari Ward’s word play with the common sports acronym, "Greatest of All Time." Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, 718-956-1819
In his latest public installation, artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup reinterprets both the dancing hippos from Disney’s Fantasia and Degas’ renowned statue, Little Dancer Again Fourteen. Standing at 15-feet tall, Hippo Ballerina is only on display until July 31, so plan a visit to the park directly across from Lincoln Center. Dante Park, Columbus Ave & W. 63rd St.
Experience summer on the High Line by viewing Henry Taylor’s the floaters, which aims to portray the artist in a moment of leisurely bliss. You can find the poolside self-portrait on a West 22nd Street building—be prepared to be envious of the artwork's Palm Springs vibes. The High Line
In the seventh annual City of Dreams Pavilion competition on Governors Island, the 2017 winning designers Team Aesop, used soil from the East River and melted over 250,000 recycled aluminum cans to create one magnificent pavilion in an effort to re-imagine waste as a transformative product. Governors Island