It might be hard to imagine that it’s already November in New York City but the weather is still pleasant, which means it’s still a great time for new outdoor art installations to hit the streets. For the winter months, we’re also including some select indoor art installations and exhibitions worthy of note to our architecturally-discerning readers.

This month, across all five boroughs of New York City, you will find street art murals, sculptural installations, video art, plus groundbreaking and newsworthy exhibitions on Andy Warhol at the Whitney Museum, M.C. Escher, and the return of holiday favorites like the New York Botanical Garden Train Show and the Thanksgiving Parade.

1. JR at the Bowery Mural

On September 26th, the French artist JR completed a new work at the Bowery Mural at Houston and Bowery called “Guns in America,” produced in partnership with TIME magazine. The work features 245 people whom JR, his team, and TIME journalists met across the United States on all sides of the gun issue, including “veterans and teachers, hunters and doctors, people afraid that guns may kill their children and people afraid they won’t have guns to protect their children,” writes Edward Felsenthal, TIME’s Editor-in-Chief. The participants in the painting says JR, “will always be part of the same mural even if they don’t share the same ideas. I really hope they will actually listen to each other, and I hope that people will join this conversation.”

JR was chosen for both his outside perspective as well as his long history doing social conscious, participatory art. He made his mark putting up his signature large photographs on the Palestinian/Israeli border wall, in the favelas of Rio, and all over New York City and Paris.

By the morning of September 28th, someone had tagged the painting in red with the number 11, to mark the number of fatalities in the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. In addition, a bouquet of red roses was left leaning against the mural with rose petals scattered on the sidewalk. As of the morning of publication, the number 11 was still on the mural. The mural will be up through November 15th.

2. Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition: Happy

The fifth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition winner, “Happy” by Studio Cadena will be installed on November 19th and be viewable through January 1st, 2019. The work has transparent vinyl screens that can sway with the wind, offering a yellow and orange glow to the everything surrounding it. “We all wish each other happiness during the holidays. This installation physically manifests this well wishing to all who visit Flatiron,” said Benjamin Cadena, Founder and Principal of Studio Cadena. “In our otherwise bleak social and political context, it aspires to carve a small and more positive space in the city—it offers a warm embrace during the cold winter months.”

The competition is run by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute and is the centerpiece of the event “23 Days of Cheer.”

3. Impermanent Art Installation at the 9/11 Memorial

Photo courtesy Morning Altars

There’s a whole festival in New York City about death going on for a few more days this month called Reimagine End of Life New York. As part of the festival, earth artist Day Schildkret will be making a large scale impermanent art installation at the 9/11 Memorial plaza, next the Survivor Tree on November 2nd using materials derived from the earth.”How can we turn grief, loss and memory into something beautiful?” the artist asks. The live creation of the work will start at 1 PM, with the event starting at 12:30 PM. RSVP here.

4. The Poetry Jukebox

The Poetry Jukebox, a version which was previously at Extra Place in 2017, is now at Ruth Wittenburg Triangle in Greenwich Village, an initiative of the Village Aliance, playing twenty poems by neighborhood figures including Jane Jacobs, Edna St. Vincent Millay (who lived in the narrowest house in New York City), James Baldwin, Edgar Allan Poe, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Emma Lazarous, and Mark Twain.

The Poetry Jukebox was started by the Czeck project Piána na ulici (Pianos on the Street) by Ondřej Kobza, a coffee house owner and Michaela Hečková. The mission of the organization is to animate public spaces, on a worldwide scale – and besides the Poetry Jukebox they install street pianos (similar to NYC’s Sing for Hope), public chess tables, and other public installations. The Poetry Jukeboxes have been installed in Prague, London, Kiev, Belfast, Venice, Brussels and other cities.

5. Port Authority Bus Terminal Video Installation

Photo courtesy Isabelle Duverger

On 42nd Street, off 8th Avenue on the exterior facade of the Port Authority Bus Terminal is an ambitious 2,000 square foot gesture-responsive video installation called “The Now” will be up until November 24th on the Coolture Impact Platform. The work is by artists Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger in collaboration with interactivity designers NoirFlux and Karan Parik. According to the artists, the work “explores transitory spaces and unseen parallel realities. A time travel cinematic voyage to visually striking places, live painting, animated characters and evolving narratives, as you walk, move and point to the different storylines.”

6. New York Botanical Garden Train Show

Image courtesy the New York Botanical Garden

On November 17th, the New York Botanical Garden Train Show returns with over 175 New York City landmarks created from barks, leaves, and other plant-based materials, with model trains running through the miniature wonderland located inside the stunning Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. This year, some new additions and new replicas will include the historic Battery Maritime Building, vintage ferry boats, the Battery Park Control House, the Woolworth Building, One World Trade Center, the Oculus, and the Terminal Warehouse. The show will be on until January 21st, 2019. You can already reserve your tickets here.

Check out photos from a previous train show at the New York Botanical Garden.

7. Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

On November 22nd, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns starting at 9 AM. You can watch from the comfort of your own couch or join the fans along the parade route which goes from 76th Street and Central Park West down to Columbus Circle, crossing town on Central Park South and heading south down Fifth Avenue to the Macy’s at Herald Square. You can also check out the balloon inflation on Thanksgiving Eve from 1 PM to 8 PM outside the American Museum of Natural History.

8. Canstruction 2018

The annual Canstruction design competition brings one of the city’s most unique food charities to Brookfield Place. Presented by Arts Brookfield, the gravity-defying competition returns for its 26th year brining together teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to construct large-scale creations out of unopened cans which in the end will be disassembled and donated to City Harvest. The exhibition opens on November 2nd with the competition itself and awards will be given to Best Original Design, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Most Cans, Cheri C. Melillo Award, Best Use of Labels, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice.

9. Socrates Sculpture Park Annual Exhibition

Joiri Minaya, Tropticon, 2018, Courtesy the Artist & Socrates Sculpture Park, Photo by Sara Morgan.

The Socrates Sculpture Park Annual Exhibition is up through March 10, 2019 featuring the new commissioned work of 15 artists (including one artist-pair) who were awarded the Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. The artists work on-site at the park’s outdoor studio in the summer and create a work that’s designed specifically for the park’s landscape and context. The Park describes the 2018 exhibition:

“Projects range from a decolonial greenhouse to audio-sculptural portraits of Queens hip-hop legends. Approaches vary among community-centered pedagogy and production, material experimentation, and redeployment of historical forms of construction, among others. This year contemporary and historical land-use is examined by several artists in projects including a labyrinth of fences and gates, and a steel and textile installation that traces the East River ecology of waste flows through land, water, and biological life. Additionally, several artists employ representations of the human figure, perhaps suggesting a time for reflection upon the Humanist philosophies that seem precarious with looming climate change and ongoing political conflict.”

10. Art in Concrete Plant Park

Photo courtesy Sohhee Oh, courtesy NYC Parks

A new NYC Parks Art in the Parks installation is up in Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx. Artists Sohhee Oh, Lovie Pignata, and Moses Ros have created a three connected works: a long bench of painted concrete blocks that reference native plants from the Bronx River Foodway, geometric concrete pavers that are inspired by Bronx’ original native dwellers, the Mohegans, along with its current diverse population and colorful flags at the entrances of the a park that were designed in conjunction with the local community.

Concrete Plant Park was previously a location for Swale, the foragable floating food forest.

11. November’s Midnight Moment in Times Square

October’s Midnight Moment. Courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts

Times Square’s November Midnight Moment features the work “The Scorpion Gesture” by Chitra Ganesh, in partnership with exhibitions the artist has as the Rubin Museum of Art and The Kitchen. Ganesh is a native New Yorker, raised in Queens and Brooklyn. The digital show in Times Square draws on work from the Rubin Museum of Art’s collection of Himalayan art.

According the Times Square Alliance, “The Scorpion Gesture is a rich and colorful phantasmagoria that plays in the intersections of myth and science fiction. Both forms utilize complex storytelling structures — stories within stories, shape-shifting protagonists, twists and turns — to ask similar, universal questions: Who are we? Where did we come from? What constitutes human? What is the relationship between humanity and justice? How are we to behave ethically and appropriately as citizens and inhabitants of planet Earth?

12. Commemorate the Centennial of World War I

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

November 11th marks 100 years since the end of World War I, and New York City will has already had a year of centennial commemorations. At the end of September, the historic Highbridge Doughboy Statue was returned to its home in the Bronx , with a ceremony that included the World War I Centennial Commission, the East Coast Doughboys (above), local officials and more. On November 11th, you can join the premiere of filmmaker and Guggenheim Fellow Cathy Lee Crane’s new experimental and historical film The Manhattan Front at the Anthology Film Archives. If you are an Untapped Cities Insiders, you can attend this premiere for free. Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to access free behind-the-scenes tours and access to special New York City events from the city’s leading cultural institutions all year long!

13. M.C. Escher Exhibition and Experience

Installation view, ESCHER. The Exhibition & Experience at Industry City, June 8, 2018–February 3, 2019. Photo by Adam Reich. Courtesy Arthemisia.

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience, which originated in Italy and has been in Rome, Bologna, Milan, Singapore, Madrid and Lisbon, is now at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Architecture and art fans will discover 200 works by M.C. Escher, the artist famous for his trippy architectural drawings. In addition to a traditional gallery, format, there are spaces you can enter to test your own sense of scale and reality.

The  exhibition is curated by Mark Veldhuysen (the curator of the M.C. Escher Foundation Collection) and Federico Giudiceandrea, described as “one of the world’s foremost collectors of, and experts on, the art of M.C. Escher.”

14.  Andy Warhol Retrospective at the Whitney Museum

The Whitney Museum will launch the retrospective exhibition, Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again, on November 12th. It will be the first retrospective on Andy Warhol by an American museum since 1989, and the largest monographic exhibition at the Whitney Museum’s Meatpacking location since it opened. According to the Whitney Museum, “The exhibition positions Warhol’s career as a continuum, demonstrating that he didn’t slow down after surviving the assassination attempt that nearly took his life in 1968, but entered into a period of intense experimentation.”

There will be 350 works, and a partial preview has been open since October 12th. The exhibition will be up through March 31st, 2019.

15. Opening of the Trolls the Experience

Photo courtesy Dreamworks’ The Troll Experience

This will either be terrifying or amazing, depending on your age. Opening on November 15th, Dreamworks’ The Troll Experience is taking over the space where the Downton Abbey exhibition was at 218 W. 57th Street. This is certainly an experience for Troll enthusiasts and their families, with 3D and in-person trolls, live interactive experiences, as well as a café and retail shop.

16. Halloween Pumpkin Impalement

Photo courtesy Jane Greengold

The Halloween Impalement: The Toll of Time, a temporary site-specific art installation on the fence of artist Jane Greengold’s townhouse in Cobble Hill is back again this year, with the pumpkins impaled yesterday that will rot and droop over the course of this month. After the impalement, the pumpkins are left to deteriorate, leading to a ghoulish aftermath over the course of several weeks.

17. Oversized Candy in the Garment District

French sculptor Laurence Jenkell‘s Candy Nation, a series of oversized candies with the flags of different countries, was first created for the G20 Summit in Cannes, France in 2011. Now, it will be on the Garment District malls on Broadway until December 9th, as part of an installation by the Garment District Alliance and the Arterventions program from the NYC Department of Transportation.

The countries included will be  the United States, European Union (plus member countries Germany, France, Italy), Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, South Korea, Japan, China, Argentina, India, Russia, Turkey, China, South Africa, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia.

You can also catch more of Jenkell’s oversized candies inside the Port Authority.

18. OY-YO at Brooklyn Museum

Deborah Kass’ OY-YO sculpture made a splash when it debuted in Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2015. Meant to be seen in both ways, it serves as a welcome point between different cultures. OY-YO spent some time in Williamsburg after Dumbo, and has just arrived at the Brooklyn Museum, joining other works in the Something to Say exhibition of text-based works by Brooklyn-based artists Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Hank Willis Thomas. 

According to the press release, “In Prospect Heights and neighboring Crown Heights, OY/YO takes on new meaning, as it speaks to the longstanding, complex, and ever-evolving social dynamics between Black, Latinx, and Jewish communities in the neighborhood. At the Brooklyn Museum, OY/YO will function as a new greeting, welcoming visitors to the museum connecting to a diverse audience, while also saying “hey” to locals.

OY-YO will be on view at Brooklyn Museum until June 30th, 2019.

19. Have a Ball at Fort Tilden

Photo by Aaron Asis

Have a Ball is a site-specific installation by artist Aaron Asis which consists of 1500 gold balls located within an abandoned structure in Fort Tilden National Park. This temporary installation, which went up in the first week of October and will be up until mid-November, is deliberately reminiscent of a recent work at Fort Tilden but created as a counter-statement intended to highlight the unconventional character of abandoned structures — rather than reducing abandonment to something of an artistic backdrop.

20. Lever House Gets Bathed in Yellow

Through December 2018, artist Peter Halley has bathed the lower level of the iconic Lever House in yellow light – similar to what Halley did at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany. The exterior takeover will be part of an exhibition curated by the Lever House Art Collection that will take over the lower two floors of the building.

In this two-floor immersive installation, Halley uses the circuit-like compositions of his paintings as inspiration for the lobby’s layout, inviting viewers to feel as if they are walking through the space created by one of his paintings. “The installation is foremost a series of changing scales. The sweeping band of yellow light on the second floor can be seen at night from blocks away. The paintings in the first-floor lobby address the viewer at street level. Then within the lobby, the structure I built to support the paintings has an interior passageway, leading into two hidden rooms, invisible to passersby on the street,” says Halley. The exhibition includes six large shaped-canvas paintings as well as a sequence of hidden digitally-generated mural works.

The Lever House Art Collection has previously featured the work of Jeff Koons and a bronze union rat.

21. Liene Bosque: “HamacaS”

Rendering courtesy Queens Museum

Through November 15th, artist LIene Bosque brings handwoven hammocks and looms to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as part of the 2018 ArtBuilt Mobile Studio in the Park artists in residence program. According to the Queens Museum, the  work “aims to capture the physical and emotional displacement experienced by immigrants in the United States. It will consist of free English and Spanish language workshops in which participants engage in a collective hammock weaving installation.”

22. Climate Signals

Courtesy of Stuart Faith and the Climate Museum

Until November 6th, Climate Signals, an initiative of The Climate Museum, will still be up across the five boroughs and Governors Island, including in areas particularly vulnerable to sea level rise. The project features traffic signs with climate change messages displayed ranging from the humorous (NO ICEBERGS AHEAD) to the sobering (5000000 CLIMATE REFUGEES). Part of the project is also a Climate Museum Hub, the first temporary space for the organization, at the Admiral’s House on Governors Island.

23. Marcy Playground Street Basketball Court Street Art

ASKEW ONE at Marcy Playground, courtesy of Jason Elbourne / Courtesy of NYC Parks

Street artist ASKEW ONE was commissioned to paint the entire basketball court at Marcy Playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The piece is called “Artwork Inspired by The Last O.G. on TBS” referencing the television show from Jordan Peele (of Get Outstarring Tracy Morgan. You can see how the visual inspiration is derived from the cover image of the series, including the pink color palette and the Brooklyn chain necklace. The rest of the artwork references the JMZ subway line.

24. Onkel Oskar’s Suspenders in Sherman Creek Park

Photo courtesy NYC Parks

Until November 14th, this fun exhibition in Sherman Creek Park features six carved wood and mixed media sculptures by artist and psychiatrist Peter Bulow. According to NYC Parks, Bulow “has created a garden within a garden: a personal garden of his childhood, populated by monumental statues of his family. Visitors will find his great aunt Trude and great uncle Oskar from Berlin, his Hungarian mother Giselle, depicted when she was living in India and wearing a sari, and the artist himself as a five year old boy next to Oskar, wearing identical suspenders, showing a tiger he had made out of clay.”

25. Jorge Palacios Link at Flatiron Paza

This installation at Flatiron Plaza North from mid-August is a public art complement to the latest exhibition at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City. Made of accoya wood, “Link” by Jorge Palacios was inspired by the sculpture of Isamu Noguchi and this work is intended to “explore the relationship between scale and civic life,” according to the Museum. The Spanish artist, who has studios in New York City and in Spain, has nine sculptures on view at the Noguchi Museum that “explore the laws of physics and motion on microscopic and macroscopic levels.”

Link by Jorge Palacios will be on view until November 6, 2018. Palacios’ exhibition at the Noguchi Museum will be up until January 20, 2019.

26. Stick Stump & The Lawn Lumps on Staten Island

Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Stick Stump & The Lawn Lumps, courtesy of NYC  Parks

It’s always great when outdoor art doubles as functional seating, and Stick Stump & The Lawn Lumps by Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao in Tappen Park on Staten Island does just that with colorful and whimsical shapes intended for the visitor to engage with. The work is part of the UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant, with ten works in NYC Parks around the five boroughs.

27. Oversized Rose Flower in Zuccotti Park

Photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York 

Rose III, a new permanent installation, was unveiled on September 16th in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. The oversized rose is designed by artist Isa Genzken, who also did the two orchids at the 5th Avenue and 59th Street entrance to Central Park in 2016 for Public Art Fund. The rose stands at over 26 feet and is made of painted steel, based on an actual rose chosen by the artist. Genzken has a significant body of work dedicated to New York City and finds inspiration from its forms. She has said, “To me, New York had a direct link with sculpture…. [It] is a city of incredible stability and solidity.” The form of the rose evokes the skyscraper, but the work is also commentary on the object itself. According to a press release about the work, “For Genzken, also of interest is how these shifting meanings relate to shifting values: how roses were once a rare luxury item, and are now a widely available, nearly ubiquitous commodity.”

As suggested by its name, Rose III is the third in the series by Genzken – the first is in a private home, the second was on display at the New Museum from 2010 to 2013, and it is now part of the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art, viewable in the sculpture garden.

28. Arlene Shechet: ‘Full Steam Ahead’ in Madison Square Park

Photo by Rashmi Gill courtesy Madison Square Park Conservancy

Until April 28th, 2019, Madison Square Park will turn its main plaza into a sculpture court with works in wood, porcelain, and cast-iron. The site-specific installation by Arlene Shechet entitled “Full Steam Ahead” hopes to overturn the traditional notion of a sculpture court. According to the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Shechet’s work “riffs on the concept of the staid sculpture court—a mainstay of traditional museum display—as a cloistered experience.” Instead, the human-scale sculptures invite gathering, interaction and seating. Arlene Shechet stated about the project: “My hope has been to reimagine the hardscape of the Park with delight and surprise. New Yorkers rely on the sidewalks, the pavement, and the street as the core of their urban lives. Full Steam Ahead becomes a lively and human amphitheater, softening the hardscape through sculptural intervention evocative of 18th-century garden landscapes.”

29. Graffiti Hall of Fame Has New Subway Theme

The Graffiti Hall of Fame in El Barrio received its annual renewal again in late August. The street art hotspot in the playground of the Jackie Robinson Educational Complex between 106th and 107th streets is not usually open to the public, but each year, the executive director of the Hall of Fame, James Top, invites artists to execute new work on a specific theme. This year, the theme was “The Subway Edition,” focusing on the subway in the late 1980s. Read more about the Graffiti Hall of Fame here.

30. Color Factory’s Interactive Exhibits

Display in the lobby of Color Factory

Mid last month, Color Factory, an interactive exhibit that celebrates color and creativity, debuted in SoHo with a new color palette curated from the streets of New York. Their goal is to encourage people to engage with color in a personal manner, one that prompts them to reflect on the colorful aspects of everyday life, from the purple flowers at the bodega to the orange objects of a construction zone, which are just two sources of Color Factory’s palette.

Color Factory consists of 16 participatory installations, including an enormous blue ball pit in which diving in is highly encouraged, a dance floor, and an interactive flowchart quiz that reveals your secret color. The exhibition fun even continues outdoors; Color Factory provides visitors with a map of 23 local businesses and organizations with instructions for embarking on your own scavenger hunt to see the colors of the neighborhood and collect some goodies.

Color Factory is a must-visit spot for all color enthusiasts, or just anyone who wants to have some fun, move around, and get some cool photos.

31. Viewfinding in Riverside Park

Photo courtesy Sarah E. Brook

Viewfinding, a large-scale public art installation in Riverside Park by Gowanus-based artist Sarah E. Brook, will feature a series of reclaimed lumber and cast-acrylic panels, with engraved text written by 26 queer-identified poets. The acrylic material is selected for its translucency and will shift in color depending on the sunlight and time of day. The poets selected include not only established ones, but also not yet published ones as well.

Viewfinding will be located along the Hudson River in Riverside Park at 67th Street and will be up until August 22nd, 2019.

32. Oversized 1767 Map on the Sidewalk at 85 Broad Street

At 85 Broad Street, a building full of historical secrets if you know where to look, has installed an impressive piece of artwork on the sidewalks encircling the building in Lower Manhattan. It’s inspired by the 1767 map, “The Plan of the City of New York in North America” made by British military officer Bernard Ratzer from 1766 to 1767. Under this map, our readers may recall, there’s a yellow brick outline that marks the walls of Stadt Huys, the original city hall, one of many signs of Dutch New Amsterdam that still remain.

The map, designed by FXCollaborative, made by Jessup Manufacturing Company and printed by National Marker is made of a foil-backed proprietary material called Asphalt Art, and laid down piece by piece. Fun things of note on the map besides Stadt Huys and Lovelace Tavern, where you can still see the archaeological excavation of the tavern through glass, are the now-lost Princess Streetthe old synagogue (original the old mill of Dutch New Amsterdam, home to the congregation of the Sephardic Jews who arrived in 1654 from Spain and Portugal), and the old slips of Lower Manhattan.

You can discover this and more on our tour of the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam!

Tour of The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam

33. Judith Modrak ‘Our Memories’ in Thomas Paine Park

Photo by Daniel Avila courtesy of NYC Parks

Judith Modrak’s Our Memories, recently unveiled in Manhattan’s Thomas Paine Park, is “an evolving audience participatory installation” that aims to “physiologically generate a new collective memory.” The shape of the sculptures is inspired by neurons and contain cavities in which participants place a color-coded stone. These memory stones each represent one of six emotions: joy, anger, love, sadness, fear, and surprise. The aim of the piece is to create a symbolic memorial composed of thousands of individual memories.

Thomas Paine Park is located in the former Five Points and Collect Pond area that is now home to the New York Supreme County Courthouse and the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse. The art installation will be up until August 15, 2019.

34. Tanda Francis’ ‘Adorn Me’ in Fort Greene Park

Photo by Daniel Avila courtesy of NYC Parks

In late summer, Adorn Me, a piece created by UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant recipient Tanda Francis was unveiled in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park. Francis explores African presence in public space as a powerful force of beauty and cultural relevance, drawing on African sculptural tradition and portraiture, as well as Victorian and colonial ornamentation. She seeks to provide “a healing message during a time of heated debate over monuments erected as symbols of oppression and control” in this installation, which will be on view until next summer.

35. Yvonne Shortt and Mayuko Fujino: ‘Functional Bodies’ in MacDonald Park, Queens

Photo courtesy of NYC Parks

Conceived by Yvonne Shortt and Mayuko Fujino, Functional Bodies is a project that engaged community members, like PS99 students and senior citizens, in its creation in MacDonald Park in Queens. The sculpture, with its creative collaboration with the community, aims to encourage more people to volunteer at the park. The sculpture depicts a girl and a dog, composed of parts that can be used in gardening, along with flowers created by community members of all ages.

36. Dorothy Iannone: ‘I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door’ on the High Line

Photo by Timothy Schenck courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Dorothy Iannone’s mural I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door debuted on the High Line near West 22nd Street earlier this year. The mural features three colorful interpretations of the Statue of Liberty accompanied by the words “I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door”. The piece pays homage to the final line of Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus”, which is engraved on the bronze plaque mounted inside the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal.

Each statue painted in this mural is shedding a single tear, evoking the current polarizing debates surrounding immigration and disputed symbolism of the Statue of Liberty in relation to immigration policy. The work will be on view until March 2019.

37. Dazzle Boat from Public Art Fund

Photo by Nicholas Knight courtesy of Public Art Fund

Flow Separation by New York artist Tauba Auerbach is a piece that converts the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey into what the Public Art Fund calls a “contemporary dazzle ship.” The concept of the “dazzle ship” dates back to World War I, when British painter Norman Wilkinson came up with the idea to strategically paint war ships in a way that created optical illusions that distorted the forms of the boats. Thus, they puzzled the soldiers on enemy ships who struggled to track the movements of the British ships.

2018 marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, and Auerbach’s installation prompts us to reflect upon this history. The piece evokes themes of innovation and abstraction, for Auerbach was inspired by the forms of objects as they move through water. She employed the method of transferring ink on water onto paper to achieve the pattern on the display boat.

Flow Separation will be on view through May 12, 2019 in various locations through New York Harbor.

38. B. Wurtz’ ‘Kitchen Trees’ in City Hall Park

In August, Public Art Fund unveiled five new sculptures by New York artist B. Wurtz in City Hall Park, in an exhibition titled Kitchen Trees. Over the past 50 years, Wurtz has become well-known for working with objects that make up people’s basic needs, mainly objects that evoke themes of food, clothing, or shelter. In this installation, Wurtz expands this vision, taking everyday items like plastic bags, cans, shoelaces, and wood and arranging them in such a way that transforms this pile of objects into an art piece that “hovers between precarious fragility and formal monumentality.”

Specifically, the artist uses objects to create sculptures that resemble trees, from the trunks to the branches composed of kitchenware and plastic fruit. This installation is the first time that Wurtz has moved his work outside of the gallery, specifically to the urban landscape, where people and the built environment intermingle. The exhibit will be on view until December 7, 2018.

39. ‘Fence Weaving’ by Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine

Photo courtesy of Michael Piña

Until next summer, Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine’s artwork titled Fence Weaving will be on view at the Fidler-Wyckoff House Park as part of the Nou La- We Reach! exhibit. Fence Weaving, and the larger exhibit as a whole, immerses viewers in stories and artwork that highlight pairs of themes surrounding Caribbean migration: innovation and preservation, migration and displacement, and resistance and becoming. The exhibit showcases the stories of individuals from communities like Brownsville and East Flatbush to explore the ways in which the cultural fabric of Brooklyn has been shaped by migration.

Fence Weaving will be on view until June 15, 2019.

40. Chen Dongfan’s ‘The Song of Dragon and Flowers’ on Doyers Street

Photo courtesy of AFineLyne

Beginning August 1 and running through November 2018, Chinatown‘s Doyers Street will be blocked off from traffic between the hours of 10 am to 9 pm to create a pedestrian plaza. The highlight of the project will be an art piece titled The Song of Dragons and Flowers, artist Chen Dongfan’s almost 5,000 square-foot street painting that covers the street.

Dongfan was inspired by the history of Chinatown, which he describes as simultaneously being “full of hardship, but also full of love.” He evokes the immigrant experience, from cultural exchange to forging a place to call home, and utilizes the visual symbol of the dragon to represent the Chinese history that has shaped the neighborhood, tumultuously in some cases, and continues to endure to this day.

41. Dionisio Cortes Ortega: ‘Sitting Together’

Photo by Dionisio Cortes Ortega courtesy of NYC Parks

Last month, Sitting Together, created by artist Dionisio Cortes Ortega, opened to the public in the Bronx’s Joyce Kilmer Park as part of the UNIQLO Parks Expression Grant program. Purposely placed by the neighboring Bronx Supreme Courthouse, the installation subverts the established proceedings of courtroom cases, prompting viewers to consider the ways in which conflicts, whether between individuals or the law, are resolved in a systemized manner that oftentimes doesn’t encourage empathy and understanding. The sculptures place the plaintiff and defendant within modified witness stands to encourage these qualities of empathy and understanding. Furthermore, the color and seating direction in each sculpture addresses the severity of the conflicts.

Sitting Together will be on view until July 1, 2019.

42. Jackie Mock: ‘The Pencil Museum’

Photo by Jackie Mock courtesy of NYC Parks

On Staten Island’s Faber Park, artist Jackie Mock has installed The Pencil Museum, an exhibit that educates viewers about a somewhat obscure slice of New York history. Featuring hand-crafted cases that display antique pencils and writing instruments, the piece pays homage to the influential Eberhard Faber Pencil Company. When it was founded, the factory was the only one of its kind in America, and eventually created one of the most commonly used goods, all manufactured in New York. Faber Park was once the site of Faber Mansion, the property of entrepreneur Johann Eberhard Faber, the “Pencil King of Staten Island”. The Pencil Museum will be on view until June 30, 2019.

Fun fact: the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company Historic district in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is one of the smallest in New York City, and more information can be found on our list of the 10 Smallest Historic Districts in NYC.

43. Maren Hassinger’s “Monuments”

Photo by Adam Reich courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery

Maren Hassinger: Monuments is an installation in Marcus Garvey Park and sponsored by the Studio Museum in Harlem that runs from through July 10, 2019. The exhibition features eight site-specific sculptures by artist Maren Hassinger who used branches to create sculptural forms that evoke aspects of the park landscape, like an oval near the pool, for instance.

Because she is a Harlem-based artist, Hassinger has been associated since the Studio Museum since the 1980s. With Monuments, she took great care to make it “a project made in Harlem and for Harlem.” Specifically, she created the works with volunteers from the Studio Museum’s Teen Leadership Council and the Expanding the Walls program.

44. James and Karla Murray’s ‘Moms-and-Pops of the L.5.S.’

Image courtesy of James and Karla Murray

James and Karla Murray’s exhibit Moms-and-Pops of the L.E.S. is part of 10 Uniqlo Park Expressions that are on view across the city. This piece is a pop-up that debuted last month in Seward Park on the Lower East Side. Moms-and-Pops is a life-sized structure that displays four large photographs of mom-and-pop ships that have closed in the Lower East Side, such as Cup & Saucer and Chung’s Candy & Soda Stand.

The installation seeks to highlight the disappearance of small businesses like bodegas, coffee shops, luncheonettes, delis, and newsstands that used to be numerous in the Lower East Side. The artists state that the piece seeks to represent the “small businesses that were common in the Lower East Side and helped bring the community together through people’s daily interactions.”

A combination of metal and wooden materials makes the sculpture weather-proof and capable of lasting the entire year, perhaps a nod to the legacy of these now extinct businesses of the Lower East Side.

Moms-and-Pops of the L.E.S will be on view until June 19, 2019.

45. ‘I Am Here’ by Harumi Ori at Thomas Jefferson Park

Photo by Harumi Ori courtesy of NYC Parks

From now until July 9, 2019, Harumi Ori’s I Am Here will be on view in East Harlem’s Thomas Jefferson Park. The artist states that the sculptures are inspired by a poem by Japanese poet Michio Mado, which advances the idea that meaning can be found in existing in everyday life. Ori began the project by taking a photo of an ordinary location every day from the same viewing position and at the same time. She was inspired by the photos which each exhibited unique variations, despite the fact that the conditions in which the photo were taken were held constant.

The installation consists of orange industrial mesh that the artist folded and sewed to create a three dimensional portrait of the park in a way that mirrors the shapes and motions of the people and inanimate objects that fill the park.

46. Rose DeSiano: ‘Absent Monuments’

Photo by Rose DeSiano Courtesy of New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Rose DeSiano’s Absent Monuments, also part of the UNIQLO Parks Expressions Grant, is on view in Queens’ Rufus King Park until June 2019. The installation is constructed of several mirrored obelisks that feature Dutch Delft photographic tiles that explore the history of the park, as well as floral tiles inspired by Native American patterns. The mirrored surfaces confront the viewer with their reflection and subtly prompt them to reflect on their own identity and their situation within the history of Jamaica, Queens, which is full of colonization, war, abolitionism, immigration, and rural urbanization. Simultaneously, the tiles pay homage to the history of Native American people and address the patterns of cultural displacement that have occurred in Queens.

47. Cara Lynch: ‘I’m So Happy You’re Here’

Courtesy of NYC Parks

An installation by artist Cara Lynch titled I’m So Happy You’re Here has just debuted at Virginia Park in the Bronx as part of the UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant program. Lynch has created numerous public art projects, which include pieces here in New York. A common theme throughout her work is that of tension; in I’m So Happy You’re Here, she explores tensions between high and low and the contrast of public and private space. The mural, which is painted on the ground, contains patterns that are reminiscent of traditional parquet flooring, a status symbol found in the homes of wealthy individuals.

I’m So Happy You’re Here will be on view until July 19, 2019.

48. ‘Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake’


‘Ms. Mighty Mouse’ on 79th Street; Photo by Lynn Lieberman/Gotham to Go

The Broadway Mall Association debuted Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: In Dreams Awake. The exhibit includes six works featured on the Broadway center mediums, located on 64th, 72nd, 79th, 96th, 117th, and 157th Streets.

Each sculpture — described as a combination of human, animal and plant forms — is made from cast silicon bronze, and range between 6 feet to 15 feet in height. (Some even feature LED lighting!) The sculptures take inspiration for their surroundings; for instance, Ms. Mighty Mouse on 79th Street dreams of the cheese at nearby Zabar’s and All the World’s a Stage, which depicts a singing figure, is an allusion to the nearby Lincoln Center.

The exhibit will be on view through February 2019.

49. Zaq Landsberg: ‘Islands of the Unisphere’

Photo courtesy Zaq Landsberg via NYC Parks

Around the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park sit the sculptures that comprise Zaq Landberg’s Islands of the Unisphere (yet another of the UNIQLO Parks Expressions Grant program). The Unisphere monument, a fixture of the park, is a large sculptural globe with recognizable land masses, but without labels and borders. Landberg expanded on this famed monument by choosing islands off of the Unisphere, recreating them at scale, and placing them horizontally on the grass. The islands act as seating, stages, and meeting places, community spaces that encourage people to forge connections and reflect on the tremendous diversity of Queens.

Unisphere will be on view until June 10, 2019.

50. AGORA Group Installation on The High Line

AGORA on The High Line is an outdoor group exhibition by nine artists explores the role of art and artists in defining, creating, and using public space. The name of the exhibit is inspired by the same ancient Greek word, which literally translates to a gathering place — a fitting name as New York City’s public spaces have served as a home to a plethora of artworks over the decades, ranging from WPA murals to graffiti tags.

AGORA will focus on the power of art to change society. As such, it addresses current issues, including women’s rights, mass incarceration, the environment and immigration. For instance, the work above, “C.R.E.A.M.,” by Sable Elyse Smith, is an altered replica of the Hollywood Sign that reads IRONWOODLAND — a reference both to the Ironwood State Prison and to “Hollywoodland,” the segregated real estate development that was advertised by the original sign. The exhibit will be on view until March 2019 at various locations along The High Line.

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51. Shed Murals at the World Trade Center

Vesey mural by Chinon Maria and Sebastian Mitre

While construction of 2 World Trade is on hold, a collection of corrugated metal sheds housing mechanical equipment have been spruced up by artists from around the world to make the area look less like a construction zone and more like a hip pedestrian throughway. The sheds, which are bounded by Greenwich, Vesey and Church Streets and the Oculus transportation hub, feature murals by Australian illustrator Brolga, Los Angeles-based artist Todd Gray, Korean-born Joohee Park, aka Stickymonger, the husband and wife team of Chinon Maria and Sebastian Mitre, Japanese-born, New York resident Riiisa Boogie, and Bronx native Hektad. When all of the murals are complete there will be 8 colorful works to see!

Mural by Todd Gray

52. High Line Art Installations

Phyllida Barlow’s prop. Photo courtesy the High Line

In addition to the Agora commissions we featured the last few months, the High Line launched two new installations at the end of May. Kerry Tribe’s Exquisite Corpse is a film that follows the entire 51-mile length of the Los Angeles River chronicling “the river’s neighbors—animal, human, and vegetal—and their stories with one minute devoted to each mile,” according to High Line Art. The film plays daily on The High Line at 14th Street at dusk from May 14 to July 18, 2018.

Then, Phyllida Barlow’s prop is a teetering concrete sculpture, reimagined from a work displayed at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and the first work to be displayed on the Northern Spur Preserve of the High Line at 16th Street, a section that once connected directly to a refrigerated warehouse that was part of the Nabisco cookie factory. Prop will be on view until March 2019.

53. El-Space Installation in Sunset Park

During NYCxDesign Week, we were honored to be a partner of The Design Trust for Public Space in the launch of El-Space, a long-term pilot installation located under the Gowanus Expressway in Sunset Park at 36th Street and 3rd Avenue, just adjacent to Industry City. El Space is the product of a five year, critical exploration in how New York City can better activate the forgotten, unfriendly spaces beneath aging elevated infrastructure and culminates in this first pilot installation that showcases what an alternative walkway beneath the Gowanus Expressway could look like.

El-Space was designed with input from the diverse local community through charettes and on-site pop-up workshops, including work with students at Sunset Park High School and members of a Community Advisory Board.The design tests strategies for lighting, green infrastructure, and urban design for replicability, aesthetics, and of course, how the public uses and engages with it. El-Space will be installed for about a year, used to test and refine strategies for future permanent activations. For the passerby, it’s a cool visual addition to an industrial space and for the community, it has created a new meeting spot.

54. Rebecca Manson in Tribeca Park

Photo by Alexander Atkins, courtesy of the artist

In July, Tribeca Park unveiled artist Rebecca Manson’s first public sculpture, a monumental public art piece titled Come Closer and the View Gets Wider. The piece consists of thousands of handmade, glazed porcelain parts that are fused together to create a magnificent eight-foot orb.

As the title and the composition of the piece suggests, the perspective at which the piece is viewed impacts the viewer’s perception. Each of the thousands of hand-crafted parts appear rather insignificant on their own and from afar, appear to blend in to the seamless piece. Collectively, the small pieces are crucial to creating the whole piece, which stresses the impact of small things coming together to create something greater. The work will be on display until July 2019.

55. Shed Murals in NYC Community Gardens

Meg Minkley’s ‘Fiesta Forever’; Photo by Meg Minkley courtesy of NYC Parks

Evan Bishop’s Hip-Hop for Hope! and Meg Minkley’s Fiesta Forever are two projects that are part of NYC Parks GreenThumb’s Art in the Gardens Shed Murals project. A project within GreenThumb’s community gardening program, which consists of over 550 community gardens, it brings local artists to community gardens to showcase their art on sheds that will be used by the gardens.

Minkley’s Fiesta Forever, located in Brooklyn’s Powers Street Garden, features illustrations of a variety of flowers that bloom throughout the city throughout the spring and summer seasons. Evoking the “re-birth of color in the city”, the vibrant illustrations and cheerful pink background encourage viewers to celebrate the fun activities and excitement of summer.

Bishop’s Hip-Hop for Hope! in the Latinos Unidos Garden located in the Bronx, is influenced by the artist’s upbringing in the Bronx during the ’70s and ’80s, where he was constantly surrounded by hip-hop. For this project, he worked with artists from ArTech, who placed their own artwork on the shed with words such as “unity” and “hope”. ArTech is supported by the AHRC, a New York organization committed to helping individuals with disabilities receive services related to work, family, and more.

The installations will be on view until June 14, 2019.

56. Sonic Gates Sound Sculpture Walk on Staten Island

Photograph courtesy of Design Trust for Public Space

Sonic Gates is a public art installation that features a series of eight sound sculptures and murals in Staten Island placed along the waterfront, on Bay Street, and in Tappen Park. The installation is part of a larger project titled Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront by the Design Trust for Public Space in partnership with Staten Island Arts.

Works include the piece in the photograph above, which was made by Arthur Simms and is on display in the harbor off the Stapleton Esplanade, and a piece by DB Lampman, on display in Tappen Park, which consists of an assemblage of wind chimes that hang over the head of its viewers and encourages them to engage with the piece using senses besides sight.

“The Future Culture pilots will highlight our borough’s rich cultural assets, from the Bay Street commercial corridor bustling with restaurants, stores and art centers, to Parks locations where dynamic community activities are taking place, to the spectacular waterfront, where we are reflecting Staten Island’s deep maritime heritage,” said Elizabeth Bennett, Executive Director at Staten Island Arts.

Akin to the Design Trust for Public Space’s initiatives to reactive underutilized spaces under elevated highways (to be covered later in this article), this initiative looks to “inspire Staten Islanders and visitors to walk the underused pathways and unleash new possibilities for regenerating public spaces as a valuable community asset,” said Susan Chin, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space.


57. “River Rising/Sube el Rio” at Starlight Park

River Rising/Sube el Rio: An Exposition of Science, Art and Technology is an outdoor public art sculpture exhibition in Starlight Park in the Bronx. The exhibit opened on June 30, in a weekend of parades, dancing, and live music to celebrate the revitalization of the Bronx River and Starlight Park.

The installation is composed of eight large-scale public art sculptures by various artists curated by the Bronx River Art Center. The sculptures are meant to be enjoyed as “modern pavilions” that can be utilized as public community spaces. The sculptures pay homage to the 1918 Bronx International Exposition of Science, Arts and Industries.

The installations will be on view until June 29, 2019.


58. Canstruction 2018

Canstruction entry “Outrunning Hunger” by LERA Consulting Structural Engineers. Photo courtesy Arts Brookfield.

The annual Canstruction design competition brings one of the city’s most unique food charities to Brookfield Place. Presented by Arts Brookfield, the gravity-defying competition returns for its 26th year brining together teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to construct large-scale creations out of unopened cans which in the end will be disassembled and donated to City Harvest. The exhibition opens on November 2nd with the competition itself and awards will be given to Best Original Design, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Most Cans, Cheri C. Melillo Award, Best Use of Labels, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice.

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