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.

Open House

Walking through the Open House installation is like entering the house of a 20th century aristocrat. Liz Glynn recreates the former William C. Whitney Ballroom and allows visitors to interact with a space regardless of their social status. The exhibit brings a bit of interactive history into the park, with elegant Louis XIV sofas, chairs, and footstools cast from concrete, framed by a set of ornate arches.

Mar. 1 – Sept. 24
Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park
60th St. & 5th Ave.
Midtown
Online: publicartfund.org

Photo: James Ewing, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY

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

—Yuliya Geikhman