1. There are 27 Seal Sculptures in East River Park on the FDR Drive

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There are a number of quirky and fun animal sculptures within New York City parks and public spaces, including the Group of Bears statue in Central Park and an owl statue on the Grand Concourse. Another example of animal-inspired public art is the 27 seal sculptures in East River Park on Grand Street. The sculptures were designed by Gerry Augustine Lynas, a New York-based artist who specializes in sculptures made of sand and snow. In 1980, Lynas created a snow sculpture for the athlete’s village during the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. The East River Park seals were installed in the park in 2001 and double as sprinklers in the warmer months.

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