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Amid the bustle of midtown Manhattan, a life-sized aluminum rhinoceros can be glimpsed inside a building lobbu. Various man-made objects—including a copy machine, a car door, a handbag, a vacuum cleaner, a shovel, and a table—seem to float right through the creature.
Visit – and play – Sing for Hope’s brightly colored pianos throughout NYC parks and public spaces including Lincoln Center and Central Park. Fifty pianos – each a unique art piece created by a different artist or designer – host impromptu concerts by professionals and amateurs alike. See ten at once in Chase Plaza in the Financial District and download the free SFH Pianos iphone app to find one near you. Later the instruments are donated to NYC public schools, where they will become hubs for Sing for Hope’s ongoing creative programs.
Discover the story of chocolate and its journey from bean to bar through original artifacts, bon-bon making demonstrations. nine premium tastings, and a corner where kids children can dig for “undiscovered artifacts” in a sand pit and play chocolate shop proprietor with a toy kitchen and cash register. Presented by NYC chocolatier extraordinaire Jacques Torres and Eddy Van Belle, chocolate aficionado and founder of four other Choco-Story museums around the world. Buy timed tickets in advance online.
Celebrate Pride Week by snapping a photo inside the larger-than-life #PictureofPride rainbow frames on the scenic Waterfront Terrace. Every post on social media that tags @BrookfieldPLNY and #PictureofPride truggers a $1 donating to the Hetrick-Martin Institute.
Get a special rainbow version of customizable Magnum ice cream bars for Pride week.
Enter a small immersive jungle installation designed by Laura O’Connor andTommy Coleman in Chelsea Market (across from yummy bakery Amy’s Bread).
Play on colorful inflatable sculptures in Shawna X’s reflecting on her embarrassment of her parent’s eating manners.
An interactive and immersive attraction brings fans closer to the National Football League and their favorite teams. Experience football from the stands to the field, from kickoff through playoffs with interactive displays, state-of-the-art 4D cinema and other multimedia effects.
Search for favorites among polka dots – all the same size but never the same color – on giant canvases.
Explore a floating food forest built atop a barge that travels to piers in New York City, offering educational programming and welcoming visitors to harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables for free.
A stunning mural by witty, illustrator Oliver Jeffers on the scenic Dumbo waterfront features constellations and whimsical instructions on ‘How to Find Your Way if You are Lost.’ Commissioned by boutique retailer Maisonette.
At Cooper Hewitt’s new (free) outdoor installation celebrating their exhibition , every color in the rainbow road corresponds to a specific moment encountered by the Color Factory creative team while walking and exploring 265 streets – from the uppermost part of Manhattan at West 220th Street down to Battery Park.
Happiness is a colorful pop-up of seven giant artsy murals of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang by acclaimed artists including Kenny Scharf and Rob Pruitt around Hudson Square. Stop by the Children’s Museum of the Arts for a free map showing their locations.
Explore an immersive installation of objects, wall pieces and home goods by Ellen Van Dusen. The walls and floors are covered with the designer’s pattern, “Arc,” which is inspired by an infinite fractal pattern first described by NASA physicist John Heighway in the 1960s known as the “Dragon Curve.” Kids love the patterns, mirrors, and bright bold colors.
An interactive pop-up exhibit explore happiness with eight interactive immersive theme rooms including a Palace of Enchanted Crystals, an Ocean of Sunflowers, a Pink Beach and more.
Walk through 10 rooms of tactile interactive experiences inspired by dreams. Float through clouds, dream in black and white, and explore a galactic infinity room.
Enormous inflatable flowers created by PLAYLAB, INC sit, lounge, float, stand tall and bend down along the Avenue of the Americas from West 44th to 55th Streets.
Explore an egg-themed pop-up space with six rooms of immersive installations and interactive experiences honoring the beloved breakfast staple. Some free samples and more egg treats available for purchase.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the LEGO® brick, the American-Scandinavian Foundation presents an exhibition featuring sculptures, mosaics, and interactive play zones by renowned LEGO® Certified Professional artist Sean Kenney plus an overview of the LEGO Group’s history and educational mission and a variety of children’s workshops.
Walk under around a monumental light structure by interdisciplinary New York-based Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amorós.
Flowing and pulsating red and white tubing reflects the form of the Bandshell and the natural beauty and grandeur of the park’s landscape. Look for your reflection in the cupola.
Created from fiberglass and covered with an intricate pattern, this 23-foot-tall sculpture sculpture by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE rises grandly above the plaza, reminiscent of the untethered sail of a ship billowing in the breeze. Its unique, hand-painted pattern in turquoise, red, and orange — colors that the artist associates with his childhood on the beaches of Lagos — is inspired by Dutch wax batik print, which Shonibare has called the “perfect metaphor for multilayered identities”.
See colorful sculpture, paintings, installations, drawings and video by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou exploring diversity and plurality in a large, immersive exhibit.
A modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus serves free hot dogs (with buns and condiments), hinting at the gastronomic connections between the City’s most iconic street food and Erwin Wurm’s Austrian homeland. The bus’ bloated form will encourage audiences to reconsider the relationship between capitalism and consumption in today’s culture, while the act of eating, according to Wurm, can be considered an additive sculptural process in its own right.
Sample and shop for seven original flavors designed by the Museum of Ice Cream including Churro Churro, Cherrylicious, and Sprinkle Pool at an “interactive grocery experience,” featuring immersive installations (but sadly no actual sprinkle pool). Ice cream sold only by the pint, so come hungry or on your way home. Tasting experiences, involving an in-depth look at the components of ice cream in addition to featuring all 7 ice cream flavors, available with a reservation; more time slots for on sale on June 18.
Decorate your dream Magnum ice cream bar, covered in thick chocolate, & drizzled with toppings like rose petals and Himalayan sea salt and enjoy among fun designs and ice cream-inspired art.
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.
Walk by a large wall of rainbow hearts in the latest mural by street artist JGoldcrown
Enter a world of glittery stars in this magical video installation by Natalia Stuyk and SOFTlab NYC.
16 revolving mirrored columns explore the emotional and physical response that people experience while navigating urban environments in a site-specific installation by United Visual Artists. A magical place for hide and seek.
Six site-specific sculptures Syrian-American Diana Al-Hadid interact with plants and fountains across the park. A haunting mix of fragmentary figuration and abstraction comments on history, globalism and the human condition (and kind of look like ghosts that are fun to hide from).
On the lawn of the magical Cloisters, three androgynous, humanlike figures by Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir seem to interact with casts from a custom 3D scan of a carefully chosen suit of armors from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection.
See a stunning 31-feet tall tower that looks like rose petals that is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel, by acclaimed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.
Walk under Jacob Hashimoto’s monumental work of thousands of delicate rice paper kites creating an ever shifting fog in the newly reopened St. Cornelius Chapel. Also see a colorful, whimsical overhead outdoor installation adapted for Governors Island’s landmark Liggett Hall Archway. Hundreds of wooden cubes and massive steel funnels create a virtual time tunnel or vortex between the Island’s Historic District and newly designed park with its colorful installation of forms.
Monday-Friday 10:30 am-5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am-6 pm
Through Oct 31
Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.
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.
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.
The 100 Gates Project connects artists and merchants to create original murals on roll-down security gates on the Lower East Side, East Harlem & Staten Island, creating an open-air galleries that are open when your kids wake up too early and everything else is closed.
See colorful renditions of Monopoly Man, Richie Rich, and Scrooge McDuck in Graffiti Artist Alec Monopoly’s paintings and sculptures commenting on wealth and influence in America. Then try to get the ‘Duck Tales’ theme song out of your head (woo-ooo). Also find his Monopoly Man mural at a Mobil gas station on 8th Avenue & West 14th Street.
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.
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.
See over 200 original mind-bending works by graphic artist M.C. Escher. Explore highlights of Escher’s journey as an artist – from his earlier works of nature and landscape in the 1920s and 1930s, to the figurative and abstract art developed in the late 1930s, through the 1960s when he sought to explore infinity. Also enjoy scientific experiments, play areas and educational resources for all ages including immersive photo booths constructed to emulate Escher’s hypnotic environments.
Kathy Ruttenberg’s large scale fantastical sculptures on Broadway malls between 64th to 157th Street combine human, animal, and plant forms in surprising ways. Touch, explore and search for what my daughter calls ‘trapped princesses’ in a broad mix of sculptural media including patinated bronze, glass mosaic, transparent cast resin, and carefully orchestrated LED lighting.
Nine artists share their experiences inhabiting, speaking out of, and challenging the assumed boundaries of public space, where different voices can be heard, addressing important topics such as women’s rights, mass incarceration, the environment, and immigration.