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.

Tracing Back the Radiance

If you cut through the Kaufman Arcade on your trip through the Garment District, take a look at the wall. A series of colorful artworks by Alix Ankele are a nice distraction from the bustling business of the city. Inspired by Tibetan and Zen meditation, Ankele's oil paintings remind us to find the joy and radiance in life.

Mar. 8 - May 5
Kaufman Arcade
132 W. 36th St.
Garment District
Online: garmentdistrict.nyc

Photo: via Garment District Alliance

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

—Yuliya Geikhman