Public Art in New York

16 Jul

By Randi Siegel

People in Manhattan always seem rushed with briefcases in hand, as they maneuver through crowded streets. Most of these individuals, whether tourists, locals or businessmen seem too rushed to appreciate public art. I, a native New Yorker and art enthusiast, took the time to slow down, and made a decision to look around New York, and enjoy the many beautiful (and free) sculptures it has to offer.

All of these modern sculptures have a massive presence, whether they loom over courtyards or buildings. They are unmistakable, and add vibrance and beauty to New York City’s unique atmosphere.

photo from flickr user wallyg

This Picasso sculpture is located on Bleecker Street in Soho. Entitled Bust of Sylvette, the sculpture sits in University Village.The colossal sculpture outlines the features of a women. The textured surfaces and multiple angels add to an abstract feeling, of which Picasso was trying to portray.

Robert Indiana’s pop art sculpture, located on 6th avenue, is one of the most popular sculptures in Manhattan.  The original design was for a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art. Now, it is forever surrounded by tourists and radiant couples.

photo by flickr user wallyg

“Saurien” by Alexander Calder sits at the corner of Madison and 57th Street, next to the IBM building. It has dash blazing red color which contrasts the gray buildings surrounding it.

photo from flickr user ladamaris

Joan Miro’s “Moonbird” sculpture is located on 58th Street between 5th and 6th ave. The title refers to the theme of night and day, which Miro portrays through the shapes of the sun and moon.

photo from flickr user nucho

photo from flickr user paulpablopawel

These massive Botero statues have a strong presence in the entry foyer of the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle.

This sculpture by Louise Nevelson  is located at the high point of Park avenue and 92rd street. It is a very powerful and unique sculpture. It is done is such a way that one can’t help but look into the sculpture, and wonder what the artist was trying to convey.

The public art is extremely special in New York City. In fact, they occasionally put on special exhibitions, compared to the above sculptures  which are permanent. To get more information on these events, please visit

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