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Enjoy Art While Spending Time Outdoors

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

Here are a few recommendations of public art exhibition on view in NYC you might enjoy exploring:

Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest, on view at Madison Square Park in NYC, is a towering installtion of forty-nine haunting Atlantic white cedar trees, which were all slated to be cleared as part of regeneration efforts in the fragile ecosystem of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Each tree, at around forty feet, overwhelms human scale and stands as a metaphor of theimpact of a looming environmental calamity. This newly-commissioned public art work brings together Lin’s vision as an artist and her agency as an environmental activist. Maya Lin (American, b. 1959) was born in Athens, Ohio, and lives and works in New York and Colorado. Maya Lin: Ghost Forest is on view until November 14, 2021 and is accompanied by an audio guide.

Liberty is Reclining at Morningside Park and taking a rest

Reclining Liberty by artist Zaq Landsberg sits on a sloping hill near 120th Street and Morningside Avenue through April 2022. Landsberg erected a 25-foot-long Statue of Liberty in Morningside Park. The work is coated in plaster resin, and sturdy enough to allow viewers to touch, sit atop, lean up against the figure and interact with this monument on a human level. Finished with copper paint and an oxidizing acid the sculpture mimics the real Statue of Liberty.

Days End by David Hammons is on permanent view.

Entitled Day's End (2014–21), this monumental installation and permanent public art project by David Hammons (b. 1943). is located in Hudson River Park along the southern edge of Gansevoort Peninsula, directly across from the Whitney Museum.

Taking a walk along the city? Want to avoid the crowds. Enjoy a quiet visit to Carmen Herrera’s mural on the Upper East Side. The artist completed this work at the age of 105.

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