Brooklyn Lightscape public art
Lightscape at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Photo by Liz Ligon

With the year soon coming to an end, now is the time to enjoy the last public art installations debuting in 2022. Public art installations this December vary in topic from climate change to the passage of time, with many focusing specifically on the holiday season. To get into the spirit of the holidays be sure to check out the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s festive Lightscape and the Museum of the City of New York’s gingerbread display. Here are the best public art installations to see in December 2022.

1. A Message of Love, Directly from My Heart unto the Universe, Grand Central Madison

Yaoyoi Kusama's mosac at Grand Central Madison
Yayoi Kusama A Message of Love, Directly from My Heart unto the Universe, 2022 Glass mosaic 120.66 x 7.25 feet Fabricated by Miotto Mosaics Art Studios Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design Photo by Kerry McFate ©YAYOI KUSAMA Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, David Zwirner

Internationally renowned artist Yayoi Kusama’s glass mosaic piece will bring a shock of color to the Grand Central Madison, the new LIRR concourse in Grand Central Terminal set to open this month. The new public art piece will be located between 46th and 47th Streets. Titled A Message of Love, Directly from My Heart unto the Universe (2022), the vibrant work measures 120 feet wide by 7 feet tall, for a total coverage area of approximately 875 square feet. “This new, flowing composition, originating from her extensive body of My Eternal Soul paintings spills energy and joy out into the Grand Central Madison passageway. The mural is a journey itself, inspiring incredible moments as you walk along the grand mosaic artwork,” explained Sandra Bloodworth, Director, MTA Arts & Design.

The mosaic features abstract and figurative images that look like faces, the sun, or even microscopic cells. They are meant to evoke the themes of Love, universe, and peace for all mankind, a message central to Kusama’s work. A poem written by Kusama accompanies the mosaic, which was fabricated by Miotto Mosaics Art Studios.