Pride Month may be over, but you can still bask in the city’s inclusivity, creativity, and rainbow colors by experiencing a lineup of new art installations spread throughout NYC this July. Well-established artists, some based in NYC and some working globally, have contributed a bold take on fashion, fantasy, and digital media this month. Whether there’s an installment hidden in plain sight at your local theater or staring you right in the face in Times Square, you must catch these limited-time installations!
1. The Flowers of Hypnosis at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
A striking new exhibition debuts on July 18 at Brooklyn Botanical Garden! Artist Jean-Michel Othoniel presents his largest installation in the U.S. since 2012. Titled The Flowers of Hypnosis, this art installation consists of six sculptures installed in three of the venue’s best-known gardens. The first three attractions are a part of the Gold Lotus series and will be placed at Japanese Hill and Pond Garden. The stainless steel and gold leaf used to shape the pieces symbolizes spirituality, rebirth, enlightenment, and the sacred. In the Fragrance Garden, the Gold Rose sculpture, made with golden pearls, will bloom at the top of a black steel rod to symbolize delicacy, love, and sensuality in a space that provokes the senses of scent and touch.
Finally, on the Lily Pool Terrace, two larger-than-life mirror bead sculptures will be placed on the surface of the pools, reflecting each other. If there is a line between dream and reality, Othoniel’s garden of golden flowers hypnotizes our senses to look past it. This luxurious take on The Secret Garden is free to public viewing with Garden admission until October 22, 2023.