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.

Art on the High Line

The High Line is an art hubspot this year, with a number of exhibits making their debut in the park. The Floaters by artist Henry Taylor brings a bit of the pool to park visitors with a vibrant pool artwork. The large artwork, mounted on a building on West 22nd St. and facing the High Line, depicts the painter and a friend relaxing at a pool -- a scene that will make the whole family want to make a trip to the beach.
For some more thought-provoking art, Mutations is a collection of artwork by various artists that examines the relationship between man and nature. Futuristic and contemporary art mixes tech and nature for art that's fun to look at for the younger kids, and a great topic for discussion for the older crowd.

The Floaters
March 17 - March 2018
W. 22nd St., adjacent to the High Line
Hudson Yards
Online: art.thehighline.org/project/henrytaylor/

Mutations
April - March 2018
Various locations along the High Line
Hudson Yards
Online: art.thehighline.org/project/mutations/

Photo: Courtesy of Blum & Poe, and Friends of the High Line, ©Henry Taylor

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

—Yuliya Geikhman