The Orchid Show: Natural Heritage. Courtesy of the New York Botanical Garden.

With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to head outside and enjoy some of New York City’s latest public art installations. From the New York Botanical Garden’s yearly Orchid Show to Rockefeller Center’s #solotogether exhibition tackling the environmental crisis, there is something for everyone to enjoy and find inspiration in. This March, be sure to check out Times Square Arts’ latest edition of its Midnight Moments series or spot one of Aïda Muluneh’s photographs on a JCDecaux bus shelter. Here are the best public art installations to see in March 2023.

1. #solotogether at the Rockefeller Center

A giant crushed solo cup at Rockefeller Center, part of #solotogether, a public art installation debuting in March in NYC
Resilience, part of #solotogether. Courtesy of John Russo Photo.

Beginning March 2nd, visitors to Rockefeller Center can view #solotogether, a two-part public art installation by Paula Crown. The first segment of the installation will feature the bronze sculpture Resilience. This sculpture alludes to the impact of single-use plastics on the environment. Standing at the start of the Channel Gardens, Resilience memorializes the collective suffering experienced under the COVID-19 pandemic in its reminder of humanity’s resilience even during the darkest of times. 

The second segment of the installation, entitled Solo Together, will include an investigation into crushed solo cups through a cast sculpture floor installation, a new suite of photographs, recorded audio, and a site-specific wall piece—all displayed in the Rink Level Gallery. Through this portion of the exhibition, visitors will gain deeper insight into Crown’s meditations on the everyday object. Curated by Craig Drennen, #solotogether can be viewed through May 21, 2023.