In New York City, warmer weather brings street fairs, festivals, and lots of free, large-scale art popping up all over town. This year brings a dancing bronze hippo, a concrete outdoor ballroom, a mesmerizing whirlpool and more. Click through for highlights of the fresh public art on display this spring and summer, plus a couple classics.

Watertower 3

Tom Fruin's glorious stained glass "Watertower 3" hovers over Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 5. The watertower stands over 20-feet tall and catches the sun beautifully, always changing as the day moves along. (You can also get a great view of it driving by on the BQE.) Water isn’t something we’re taking for granted these days, so this iconic New York fixture can prompt important conversations with children about this precious resource. Spin them around and so they can find real water towers all around them!

photo: Tom Fruin

What’s your favorite piece of public art in NYC? Let us know in the comments below!

—Yuliya Geikhman