Public Art in New York City: Fall 2011

Just as we start missing the artwork that appeared last spring and summer - like the enormous yellow teddy bear at Seagram Plaza, the roses along Park Avenue, the giant girl's head in Madison Square Park - a new crop of public artworks have been popping up over town this fall.

Peter Woytuk on Broadway.
 Balancing Bearcat (aka Self Portrait), bronze Dimensions: 12′ H x 6′ W |  Weight: 1400 lbs Location: 67th Street

Peter Woytuk on Broadway
On the Broadway Malls, beginning at Columbus Circle and continuing through the Upper West Side through Harlem and Washington Heights, look for 18 whimsical bronze animal sculptures by American sculptor Peter Woytuk. It would be quite the challenging walk to take in all of them. The walk may be easy at first - the pair of elephants at Columbus Circle, this balancing bearcat at 67th St., a kiwi at 72nd St., but you'll need to get out the hiking boots to see fetching ones uptown - a couple of birds perched atop apples at 117th, three bulls at 168th St., and many more whimsical creatures along the way. Better yet, start uptown and walk back. Gotta love those big apples.
A program of the Broadway Mall Association (website) in conjunction with the Parks Department and The Morrison Gallery.
Through April 2012.
Webpage for Peter Woytuk: http://www.woytuk.com/

Gran Elefandret (2008) Union Square East by Miquel Barcel√≥

Gran Elefandret (2008) by the Spanish artist Miquel Barcel√≥ stands trunk first on a traffic island on the east side of Union Square. The 26-foot tall elephant does a nice balancing act at this busy transit stop between uptown and downtown. Marlborough Gallery commissioned the work. Part of the Department of Parks and Recreation “Art in the Parks” program. Through May 2012.
See the Marlborough website for more information on the work.

Michael Sailstorfer, Tornado
Doris Freedman Plaza (60th Street and 5th Avenue)

• Michael Sailstorfer, Tornado
. The Public Art Fund commissioned this 30-foot sculpture by Berlin-based Sailstorfer, his first public commission in the United State. Just north of Grand Army Plaza, the tornado's black clouds, made of rubber tires, adds its own sense of dark whimsy (think black comedy) to this busy intersection of 59th and 60th and the southeast entrance to Central Park.
See the Public Art Fund page on the artist.
Through February 19, 2012
. Doris Freedman Plaza (60th Street and 5th Avenue)

Central Park, Manhattan

Also on view…

• Alison Saar: Feallan and Fallow
Through December 31, 2011. Madison Square Park.
Madison Square Art

Bryan Hunt on Park Avenue
August 29, 2011 to November 18, 2011

Park Avenue, 52nd Street - 57th Street
. Park Avenue Malls, Manhattan

A Promise is a Cloud
Public Art Fund
MetroTech Center Downtown Brooklyn
Through September 14, 2012
An exhibition featuring Ohad Meromi, Adam Pendleton, Erin Shirreff, and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES

In other public art news, Rob Pruitt's THE ANDY MONUMENT has been extended through May 13, 2012. Public Art Fund. Union Square Park, Manhattan. Read Walking Off the Big Apple's review here.

View more public art exhibitions at the city's Art in the Parks website.

This list will be updated throughout the fall-winter months.

Images by Walking Off the Big Apple.

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