Even though you and the kids may have a solidly booked schedule this summer, you can still see some great art while you’re on the run. All over the city, you can find kid-friendly public art, from a Teddy bear sculpture in Tribeca to a Willy Wonka-style swing in Riverside Park (yes, you can ride it!). So on the way to camp, swim lessons, or playdates, slow down just a bit and check out one of these super fun and super big outdoor installations.
Off Your Split-Rocker
The Art: Artist Jeff Koons is taking over New York this summer. Along with the artist’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum, Koons’ monumental Split-Rocker makes its debut at Rockefeller Center Plaza. At 37 feet high and sprouting over 50,000 flowering plants, the two-headed hobby horse sculpture rivals the annual Christmas tree in terms of spectacle.
Kid Fun: One half of the sculpture is a pony and the other is a dinosaur. Can your kids guess which is which? Which side do they like best? Kids will dig the vibrant colors of begonias, geraniums and fuchsias - a kaleidoscopic treat for the eyes.
See It: Rockefeller Center Plaza, between Fifth & Sixth Aves. and West 49th & 50th Sts., Midtown. Now to Sept. 12, 2014.
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All photos courtesy of Alice Perry except the Nearness installation, photo by Lovis Dengler Ostenrik for @TsqArts.