NYC Free Sculpture Arts

Does New York City provide postwar art worth $250 for free? Well it is both yes and no. Many of the best contemporary arts are in pricey museums and private homes, however several masterpieces as well as near-master pieces are the types that would collect spectacular prices.

The cost of purchasing a single drink may probably buy you a good legendary suite at Warhols in midtown. This provides a variety of unusual public arts. The other works that are important to discover are found in warehouses, Harlem playground, subway tunnels or corporate lobbies. The following are the New York City’s best art views since 1950s at no cost (the classics will be discussed on another day).

Alice, José de Creeft, 1959


This is a central park consisting of at least 2-dozen statues together with an Egyptian monolith aging 3,000 years and lovely playful animal clock in the animal den. It is a shame of the scriptural riches. Found in Wonderland statue at the 74th street next to the boat pond, Alice is liked more than any other park. It is surrounded by huge mushrooms and her friends worn over the past years from sliding and climbing of kids. It was designed by Creeft, the Art Student League teacher and later commissioned by George Delacorte, Jr. Fun. Delacorte’s face was put on the Mad Hatter by the artist..


Mural with Blue Brushstroke, Roy Lichtenstein, 1986

It is an amazing mural due to its sheer size alone which is 5 stories high. Its work features motif such as sunrise, sponge, and beach ball from Lichtenstein’s profession who owned atrium of Axa Equitable building located at 787 7th Avenue. it was dubbed, “An event of major artistic significance.” by the New York Times.



My Coney Island Baby, Robert Wilson, 2004

Being the walls of New York City’s subway stations, it features artworks comprising of major names as well as Romare Bearden and Eric Fischl. However, Robert Wilson’s artwork is one of our best. It is a multi-purpose mosaic found in the Coney Island or Stilwell Avenue station. Displaying wonder wheel, bumper cars and kids, it is both a vibrant advertisement and art of the famous amazing park above.

The Earth Room, Walter De Maria, 1977



This is a little famous but it is amazing. It is situated in a room in 141 Wooster St. full of 280,000 pounds of deep, rich dirt smelling like planet and the country. At times blades of dirt and mushrooms develop even though they are culled out by the Dia Foundation curator. Shocking, soothing and shockingly affecting, it is one of the unique spaces within New York City.

Wall Drawing No. 896, Colors/Curves, Sol LeWitt, 1999

When the auction house belonging to Christie moved to 20 Rockefeller Center it resolved to pay tribute to the complex’s tradition of the great public arts. It was LeWitt who conformed with a glossy, bold, abstract riot of ceiling in the lobby to the color floor. However Christie was put on the list since it displayed the art which was to be on sale the next week. These installations are free and very marvelous.

Single Form, Barbara Hepworth, 1961-1964



The U.N has great collections of artwork such as Chagall, Leger, among others; however this artistic work is noticeable from the street. A great tribute to Dag Hammarskjold, U.N secretary general’s monochromatic slabs of bronze climbing of up to 21 feet and is indeed shockingly attractive.

Crack is Wack, Keith Haring, 1986


Located in the 128th street playground a few feet from the busy road, there is the 2-sided anti-drug mural of Keth Haring. Being frantic, cartoonish figures on the orange traffic cone background, it is one of the artistic works by pioneer street artist still in existence. It has been recognized official by New York City and is labeled currently as the,” Crack is Wack Playground.”

Andy Warhols Celebrity Series, 1970s-1980s


As a highlight of the Andy Warhol, the portrait of the celebrity series acquires the pride of place in the Casa Lever restaurant in Midtown. The bar gets a view of cowboy hated, Aretha Franklin, Giorgio Armani and Dennis Hopper together with the actor and fashion types. The swanky long space has an airport lounge aesthetic of 1970s. Outside the restaurant, there is the Rosen’s sculpture on loan from his large collections on exhibit.

Looking Toward the Avenue, Jim Dine, 1989

It is probably the most iconic sculptures on 6th Avenue consisting of 3 Venus de Milo-inspired figures showing armless, topless and headless climb to the fountains in front of the 1301 6th avenue. The three hold their own against skyscrapers. You should begin there for a museum quality stroll, turning 2 blocks downtowns and there is the iconic love of Robert Indiana. Removed from 5th-6th on 53rd and there is nothing like a sculpture but somewhat a history which is a huge mass of the Berlin wall. At the 666 5th, there is the beautiful garden-set Noguchi waterfall screen marks on the lobby. Additionally, at the 510 5th, there is the newly restored 1964 Harry Bertoia copper, bronze and nickel screen which was dubbed as, “midcentury masterwork,” by the New York Times newspaper.

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