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.


Renowned artist Anish Kapoor takes control of the element of water in Descension, a pool of continuously spiraling water. Set against the backdrop of the East River, the whirlpool is a mesmerizing funnel that dives into the ground leaving a perpetually-moving black hole in the ground. The installation is a reminder of the power of nature, and an amazing sight to behold for all ages.

May 3 – Sept. 10
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
2 Furman St.

Photo: Fabrice Seixas, 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