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Artist Arlene Shechets site-specific installation features a series of sculptures in porcelain, wood, steel, and cast iron installed around and within the emptied circular reflecting pool in the north of Madison Square Park. Intriguing forms include the outsized remnants of a lion’s head and paw; remains of a bird’s colossal feather displayed high on a pedestal as an ominous trophy; and tree-like sculptures and branches in cast iron. Visitors are encouraged to step into the reflecting pool to linger and reflect and use the seating for conversation..
Step into immersive multi-media installations inspired by Netflix’s documentary series Our Planet. Learn about the challenges our world faces and discover how we can help it thrive today and in the future.
Sample different flavors of recess, a sparkling water infused with hemp extract and adaptogens, in a soothing space with serene design and a life-size zen garden.
Explore immersive installations comprised of design environments by NYC design studio snarkitecture in new development Hudson Yards. Unique, playful design environments incorporate snarkitecture’s use of unconventional materials and concepts of reduction and monochrome. On-site food and beverages, as well as unique retail experiences accompanying each installation.
Admire the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey, transformed by New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach transformed into a contemporary “dazzle ship,” like those painted with patterns during World War I to confuse enemy submarines. On board visits and 45-60 minute boat trips availble on weekends; reserve tickets online 2-3 weeks in advance at publicartfund.org.).
Enter the whimsical world of DreamWorks Trolls in a 12,000-square-foot immersive adventure. Follow the rainbow path toward Poppy’s Best Day Ever Celebration, a colorful 3-D dance party and sing-along with Poppy and friends. Explore the Trolls forest and Caterbus, get a Trolls makeover (for an extra fee) and interact with Troll friends.
Shrink into a surreal world including Robert Therrien’s dining room table and chairs towering over ten feet tall.
Interact with colorful dots by following painted prompts such as ‘leap up’ and ‘reach for the sun.’ Right outside the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which has a jelly bean dispenser (bring quarters) encouraging more color exploration. Both can be found on the Color Factory’s neighborhood exploration map, availble for free at 251 Spring Street.
Come face-to-face with (virtual) humpback whales and great white sharks, Humboldt squid and sea lions in an immersive experience that harnesses ground-breaking technology. Go on an underwater journey across the Pacific Ocean to interact with and encounter the ocean’s wonders and creatures.
Explore and experience color at this truly interactive pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in sixteen unique rooms designed by different artists. Lots of bright fun for all ages including a conveyor belt of rainbow colored macarons, a high-tech room for disco dancing, colorful drumming and a giant blue ball pit. An all-ages adventure for babies to grown-ups. More well designed, thoughtful and less crowded than many other pop-ups with activities, not just photo-ops (though plenty of those, and we love the strategically placed cameras with timers.
See Ashley Longshore’s paintings of inspirational women including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Cleopatra, Oprah, Gloria Steinem, Nina Simone, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Jane Goodall in a photogenic gallery at the Diane von Furstenberg store.
Jump into a giant foam pit of lettered cubes and create your own statement words in this shoe-store pop-up in honor of Melissa’s collaboration with Fila. Also see a fun LED display at the store’s entrance.
See life-size images of a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette, a vintage store, and a newsstand which used the Lower East Side but are no longer in business and have disappeared from the streetscape.
Explore new and significant sculptures across the Rockefeller campus by 14 international artists including Goshka Macuga, Ibrahim Mahama, Joan Miró, Paulo Nazareth, Sarah Sze and Hank Willis Thomas, among many others. Curated by Brett Littman (Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum) and presented with world-leading galleries including Frieze New York and Tishman Speyer. Use this map to locate each sculpture. Free family art programs every other Sunday.
Play in the world’s largest Lite Brite, walk through an illuminated rainbow tunnel and explore color with MAC Cosmetics, Crayola, Levi’s and over 80 small business vendors in a rainbow David Stark designed ‘narrative driven retail concept’ within Macy’s. Try Crayola’s Create It Yourself network – a platform that inspires viewers to create with Crayola products in new ways, see their special collaboration for kids with Levi’s and shop for colorful non-toxic nail polish, super-charged soaps from Barr-co, Xoopar’s color changing speaker and cotton candy.
This large-scale public sculpture and queer poetry collaboration built from reclaimed lumber and cast-acrylic panels interacts with the sun setting over the Hudson River. In Riverside Park near 67th Street.
Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.
A group of street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding the newly opened 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place a mourning.
Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful mural depicts Michael Jackson split into the Jackson 5-era youth and mature King Of Pop.
Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.
Wonder how a giant gummy bear ended up in a prison mugshot, gripping an identity placard in between his gelatin paws in this lobby installation by WhIsBe.
Explore 25+ cities from 5 continents in a technologically advanced, interactive museum of miniatures. Explore 25+ cities from 5 continents and use your complimentary key to bring scenes to life in a s. Explore the work of over 200 master craftsmen and artists from around the world including a functioning airport, naval locks and a lit-up New York City.
Wonder how beloved sugary treats ended up in a prison mugshots, gripping identity placard in between gelatin paws in WhIsBe’s striking work sculptures and prints. Also take a photo with a mirror with a neon ‘Guns don’t kill people, selfies do.’
Enter seven transportive rooms celebrating Winky Lux magical beauty moments including an infinity room, tea party table, life-size zen gardens and a tiny yellow ball pit. Very small but fun and the staff is super friendly. Redeem your admission fee for an almost sheer Flower Balm that’s perfect for young lips.
The self-proclaimed “most interesting store in the world” features cool direct to consumer brands not typically found in stores and rotating interactive art exhibits like a fun tunnel slide and mini ball-pit bathtub.
Chill in a flowery bathtub, play with Juicy Couture dollar bills and play with lots of make-up at a small pretty pop-up on the on the ground level near the sunglasses department) at Macys Herald Square. Featured brands rotate every 6 weeks; currently sample Anastasia Beverly Hills, Juicy Couture, Winky Lux and Toofaced.
An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.
Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.
Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.
Dolce & Gabbana painted the bricks of a restored 19th-century fire station gold and pastel rainbow i honor has into of colorful NYC kids. Also find lots of leopard print, graffitied sofas, see-through stairs and other fin decor and clothes.
See charming small bronze animal sculptures created by K-12 students from NYC and tri-state area around a 40 foot-high bronze sculpture by Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Greg Wyatt that weaves together several representations of the conflict between good and evil. Also look for peacocks roaming around the lovely grands of the grand Cathedral.
See freestanding, outdoor paintings by eight international artists that can be viewed in the round and in dialogue with the surrounding natural and industrial landscapes, expanding the tradition of outdoor painting .
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