As New York City’s first full month completely reopened since the COVID-19 pandemic began, July will have many new art installations on display to enjoy. Tying into the summer season, many of these installations’ themes focus on New York City’s eclectic natural environments. Head to the South Street Seaport for an exhibit by aimed at targeting climate change’s impact on the country’s waterways, or explore the legacy of Prospect Park through breathtaking photography. With many other installations to choose from, spend time enjoying all the new public art on display this July. In addition, be sure to keep reading to learn more about installations still on display from previous months!
1. Re:Growth, A Celebration of Art, Riverside Park, and the New York Spirit
Through September 13, 2021, Karin Bravin‘s public art exhibition, Re: Growth, A Celebration of Art, Riverside Park and the New York Spirit, will be on display in Riverside Park, spanning from 64th Street to 151st Street. It was created in celebration of Riverside Park Conservancy‘s 35th Anniversary and as a testament to the City and Park’s resilience this past year. The exhibition includes 16 site-specific installations and ten flag and banner projects — centered around the theme of regrowth in the literal, metaphorical, poetic, and philosophical sense. Some of the featured artists in the exhibition include Jean Shin, Vanessa Albury, Weenie Huang, Mary Mattingly, David Shaw Jean Shin, Woolpunk, and many others, some of whom’s work will be discussed later.
“Public art engages visitors when they least expect it,” Bravin said of the exhibition. “I am inspired by this element of surprise, where art meets viewers in their own world. Projects like this, that remove gallery walls, make both art and nature accessible to all.”