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.

LOVE

Just a couple of blocks south of Central Park West, on the corner of 55th Street and Avenue of the Americas, is one of NYC’s best photo ops: Robert Indiana’s giant steel LOVE statue, a copy of the storied Philadelphia landmark. It’s large enough to perch inside of, so feel free to crawl all over it and snap away.

photo: via Objectif Nantes on Flickr 

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

—Yuliya Geikhman