Top 10 Outdoor Art Exhibits Perfect For a Stroll Around the City

Here is a tour of some beautiful installations through the five NYC boroughs, and they're free of charge!

Although New York City museums are officially open with limited capacity, some of the city’s most exciting art installations are available for viewing outdoors.

Discover Art Around the City

No reservations are required, they’re free of charge, and social distancing is a snap. Here is a tour through the five boroughs that will answer any question about how the creative process has fared during recent months.

Manhattan

“In Between”
ZAZ Corner, 10 Times Square

“In Between” is a new concept of a video art exhibition where continuous artwork is displayed for 15 seconds every two minutes on a large digital billboard in the heart of Times Square. Starting with artist Ben Hagari, the first video is part of his pandemic-inspired “About Face” video series. Filmed in his home in NYC, the image shows a character, constrained by limited-expression and space, trying to navigate daily routines. As conceived by Hagari, the faceless protagonist reflects the concealed images of people today wearing masks as they go about their business.

Gillie and Marc, “King Nyani”
Through May 24, 2021

Bella Abzug Park

King Kong has met a worthy rival with the new reclining gorilla sculpture by Gillie and Marc Schattner. In partnership with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the artists hope to bring awareness about the diminishing population of gorillas in the world with their sculpture in Hudson Yards. “King Nyani” is based on the head of a silverback gorilla family and is the largest bronze gorilla statue in the world. Visitors are invited to sit in his hand, socially distanced of course.

Rose & Mike DeSiano, “Flora_Interpretations”
Through October 31, 2020

 Clinton Community Garden, Manhattan

 NYC’s community gardens are fast becoming locations for some of the city’s most innovative and colorful art. As part of GreenThumb’s Art in the Gardens - Shed Murals project offering artists a means to display their art, the mural reflects the beauty of the Clinton Community Garden by two native New Yorkers with input from local residents.

Bronx

Vincent Parisot, “Together, Athanatos Forever”
Through October 31, 2020

Jardin De Las Rosas 

Also, part of this project, Vincent Parisot’s red, green and yellow wall painting shows an agave Americana plant, known as Athanatos in Greece, the home of the artist. The name means without end, an allusion to longevity and to the love shared by the couples whose names and hearts are often inscribed on the leaves of the plant.

Lady K Fever, “Celebrations”
Through October 31, 2020

Jackson Forests Community Garden, Bronx

You can continue your exploration of the murals of the city’s community gardens with another Bronx beauty. This one shows a group of people rejoicing over the creation of the garden with other images indicating planned garden features such as a pumpkin patch, a flowerbed and foliage displays.

Brooklyn

ArtisticAfro, “Together, We Will Grow”
Through October 31, 2020

Eden’s Community Garden, Brooklyn

Brooklyn has its fair share of murals in community gardens as well. Open to the public, this garden is designed to educate neighborhood children about the benefits of growing your food through gardening. The imagery on the shed shows a person holding a potted plant with a seedling inside supporting the garden’s theme of "Together, we will grow." 

A fascinating Corten steel sculpture standing 35 feet tall, “Mother Earth” reflects architectural elements from temples, mosques, churches and Classical Greek buildings | WhereTraveler

Queens

Kris Perry, “Mother Earth”
Through August 11, 2021

Beach 98 St. at Rockaway Boardwalk 

A fascinating Corten steel sculpture standing 35 feet tall, “Mother Earth” reflects architectural elements from temples, mosques, churches and Classical Greek buildings. Visitors can stand in the central space of the sculpture and look upward and outward in a moment of contemplation.

Nancy Baker Cahill, “Liberty Bell”
Through July 3, 2021

Beach 108 St. at Rockaway Boardwalk and the Rockaway Ferry Landing

Designed to reflect our changing times, the animated, augmented reality drawing is being presented in six cities simultaneously, New York, Boston, Charleston, Philadelphia, Selma and Washington DC. “Liberty Bell” was inspired by Philadelphia’s actual, cracked Liberty Bell and is a soundscape in 360 degrees that sways to the sounds of bells tolling in changing tones and rhythms. The full experience uses Baker Cahill’s free 4th Wall app with the viewer’s smartphone or tablet.

Another timely tribute to today’s world, the “MONUMENTS NOW” exhibition in Socrates Sculpture Park seeks to address the role of monuments in society and commemorates underrepresented populations | WhereTraveler

Various Artists, “MONUMENTS NOW”
Through March 31, 2021

Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

Another timely tribute to today’s world, the “MONUMENTS NOW” exhibition in Socrates Sculpture Park seeks to address the role of monuments in society and commemorates underrepresented populations, cultures and histories. The exhibit evolves in three phases. Opening with commissions for new monuments by Jeffrey Gibson, Paul Ramírez Jonas, and Xaviera Simmons, the next two parts continue into the fall and winter with sculptures by additional artists as well as high school students.

Staten Island

Lina Montoya, “The Immigrant Journey -- Past Meets Present” (Mural)
Through October 7, 2020

Arrochar Playground

The mural and fence installation are a visual nod to the country’s immigrant communities, while also paying homage to New York Harbor. Artist Lina Montoya worked together with Sundog Theatre at the adjacent public school focusing on Ellis Island history and cultural immigration to create the yellow and blue design which features waves, mountains and stars.