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Where to See the Best Public Art in NYC

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With temperatures rising, it’s time to get outdoors for some of New York City’s public art installations.

Are you a lover of public and outdoor art? Then there’s no place like New York City in the spring. Once temperatures start rising and the parks and gardens start to come alive again, it’s the perfect time to browse outdoor public art exhibits, starting your art journey on property at The James, where Brooklyn-based artist James Wackers has been commissioned to create a public art mural on the hotel’s facade. Art is part of the fabric of The James, and the public art ties into the surrounding community, making that art experience available to guests and local residents. Plan an art-filed getaway or stay-cation with #artatthejames, and really get to know the creative community that the hotel is immersed in. If you’re interested in discovering even more public art in New York City, check out a few of our favorites below:

The Art Students League of New York,Water, Gift of life
Through June 10, 2016, visit Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to see this student-made shiny stainless steel sculpture, which, like water, is intended to reflect what is around it.

Hank Willis Thomas, The Truth is I See you
Part of an ongoing series, this installation in Brooklyn along the MetroTech Promenade features speech bubbles making statements about truth in 22 different languages representing Brooklyn’s diverse residents. The bubbles also have English translations.

DOT Art Installations 2016
The Department of Transportation features a variety of installations throughout New York City, including twenty display cases that are home to rotating exhibits from local artists.

Tom Friedman,Looking Up
You can’t miss this 33 foot tall stainless steel structure, located at Park Avenue Malls at 53rd street. Through July, this sculpture provides an excellent New York City photo op and reminds visitors to look up.

Washington Square Spring Outdoor Art Exhibit
From May 28 – 30, Washington Square comes even more to life with an art competition that offers a mix of painting styles, mixed media, sculpture, and more, an opportunity to see what the local up-and-coming artists are working on.

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