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Art Break: Art Is All Around Courtesy of the Public Art Fund

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 26, 2017

Art Break says now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to hang out at the park. Between the performance art of your fellow citizens or the official installations we list below, you’ll never be bored. As our first bonus tip, check out the midtown break with the Art Cart of Bryant Park. Free supplies are on hand for you to create some art of your own (or impress that cute person sitting near you). Our second bonus tip is a link to the NYC Parks website to find other summer art installations in your favorite borough (click here). With so many places participating, you could spend the whole summer outside looking at great art. And naturally, in New York City’s parks, the viewing of the art is as free as the air!

Art Break Downtown:

Where: City Hall Park, Broadway and Chambers Street

When: Now through November 9, Daily: 7am-6pm

Who: Katja Novitskova: Earth Potential

What: Large scale sculptures

Why: Combining images of planets and animals to deliver a powerful environmental message

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: The High Line, Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues

When: Now through Spring 2018, Daily: 7am-11pm

Who: Various artists

What: Installations and interactive art displays

Why: This most artistic of parks makes a point of engaging the public with the works on display

BONUS Art Break NoMad:

Where: Madison Square Park, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street

When: Now through October 8, Daily: 6am – Midnight

Who: Josiah McElheny: Prismatic Park

What: Combination installation and performance space

Why: See how performance and visual arts create something unique

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: Bryant Park, Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street

When: Permanent display, Summer hours: Mon – Fri: 7am-Midnight, Sat – Sun: 7am-11pm

Who: Various artists

What: A collection of 19th and 20th century sculpture and monuments

Why: You will be amazed at how much there is to look at in this small space

Bonus tip: When you’re done examining the sculptures, walk over to The Art Cart, a free service with drawing materials and helpful basic advice on using then. For more information click here.

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, Fifth Avenue and 60th Street

When: Now through September 24, Daily: 24 hours

Who: Liz Glynn: Open House

What: Furniture and sculpture cast in concrete

Why: Commentary on the history of open and restricted spaces within an urban setting

Cover:  ‘Earth Potential (Cuttlefish Love, Earth),’ 2017, Katja Novitskova. Digital print on aluminum, cut out display; steel and aluminum armature; courtesy of the artist, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin; and Greene Naftali, New York; photo: Jason Wyche, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY.


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