Free pub­lic art in NY parks and streets.

Now that the drab grays of win­ter are gone, the city’s streets and parks are alive again with tons of pub­lic art. We’ve rounded up 11 pieces that’ll make you marvel, think and take a selfie or two.

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“Sing for Hope” One of the perks of ur­ban liv­ing is that around ev­ery corner, there’s some kind of mu­sic. “Sing for Hope” pi­anos lets you add some joy­ful noise to the city when 60 pi­anos — hand-painted by some of New York’s big­gest stars, like “SNL” co­me­dian Kate McKin­non — pop up in parks and plazas, free for any­one to play. Mark your cal­en­dar for the ex­hibit’s June 5 un­veil­ing at 28 Lib­erty Plaza, when star per­form­ers will help usher in the project. When it’s your turn, play them gen­tly, please: At the end of the ex­hi­bi­tion, most of the pi­anos will be do­nated to schools. June 5-25,

“Earth Po­ten­tial” In a short time, we’ve gone from not be­ing able to see some of our planet’s small­est life forms to se­quenc­ing their DNA for sci­en­tific re­search. For her work “Earth Po­ten­tial,” Es­to­nian artist Katja Novit­skova has cre­ated sil­hou­ettes of fas­ci­nat­ing crea­tures like squids and round worms, dis­played al­most like mi­cro­scope slides on large metal disks printed to look like plan­ets. The works pro­voke ques­tions about tech­nol­ogy and nature, and how much of the world we’re truly see­ing. June 22-Nov. 9, City Hall Park, Lower Man­hat­tan

“Descen­sion” Anish Kapoor’s swirling whirlpool may seem a lit­tle too on-the-nose these days. But in his view, Descen­sion is meant to be a con­tem­pla­tive piece on the in­fin­itely vary­ing nature of wa­ter — and hu­man­ity it­self. So look past the ob­vi­ous and maybe try to sub­li­mate your emo­tions by let­ting them drain away beyond the bound­aries of our world. Through Sept. 10, Pier 1, Brook­lyn Bridge Park

“Here Lie the Se­crets of the Vis­i­tors of Green-Wood Ceme­tery” In the most cathar­tic art piece of the sea­son, French artist So­phie Calle asks New York­ers to un­bur­den their souls in one of the city’s most spec­tac­u­lar fi­nal rest­ing places. “Here Lie the Se­crets” will stand in Green-Wood Ceme­tery for 25 years, invit­ing vis­i­tors to write down their painful con­fes­sions and de­posit the paper in­side a mar­ble obelisk, which stands over a hol­low grave. Calle will re­turn oc­ca­sion­ally to gather and burn the slips of paper to purge our wor­ries from this life. Through 2042, Green-Wood Ceme­tery, 500 25th St., Sun­set Park

“Coney Art Walls” New York City’s car­ni­val is­land was al­ways a hub of a unique kind of art, and last year’s de­but of “Coney Art Walls” added a new tra­di­tion. The 50,000-square-foot out­door gallery fea­tures over 30 mu­rals cre­ated by some of the world’s best street artists and lo­cal celebri­ties like Ganzeer, Shantell Martin and Crash, joined by pop-up food ven­dors and spe­cial events through­out the sea­son. May 20-Septem­ber, noon-10 p.m., 3050 Still­well Ave., Brook­lyn

“G.O.A.T., Again” Ja­maican artist Nari Ward had all five acres of Socrates Sculp­ture Park to build his show “G.O.A.T., Again,” a seem­ingly whim­si­cal col­lec­tion of six sculp­tures fea­tur­ing goats that delves into the com­plex is­sue of pride and how it can both mis­lead and em­power. The clue is in the name: G.O.A.T. is a nod to its sub­jects, and an acro­nym for Muhammad Ali’s per­sonal ti­tle, “Great­est of All Time.” Through Sept. 4, Socrates Sculp­ture Park, 32-01 Ver­non Blvd., Long Is­land City

“Hippo Bal­le­rina” Adding a whim­si­cal touch to the Lin­coln Cen­ter neigh­bor­hood is Bjorn Okholm Skaarup’s tu­tu­clad “Hippo Bal­le­rina,” ready for her de­but on one of the city’s most pres­ti­gious stages. The “Fan­ta­sia”-es­que bronze sculp­ture stands 15 feet tall and is clad in a cop­per bal­le­rina en­sem­ble. Best part: Take a selfie with the statue and tag it #DanceWithHip­poBal­le­rina for a chance at re­al­life bal­let tick­ets. Through July 31, Dante Park, at 64th Street and Broad­way

“Hu­man Struc­tures” Just out­side one of the city’s busi­est tran­sit hubs, Penn Sta­tion, “Hu­man Struc­tures” is a call to pause and con­sider how we could be liv­ing a bet­ter life by con­nect­ing with each other. Artist Jonathan Bo­rof­sky’s col­or­ful fig­ures stand on top of each other to build a pyra­mid, show­ing how we can reach higher and far­ther to­gether than alone. Ex­plore the sculp­ture while en­joy­ing pop-up per­for­mances of mu­sic and other en­ter­tain­ment all sum­mer. On­go­ing, Plaza33, 33rd Street be­tween Sev­enth and Eighth av­enues.

“Open House” One of New York City’s leg­endary ball­rooms is once again open — this time for any­one to en­joy. Liz Glynn’s 26 con­crete sculp­tures re-cre­ate the Gilded Age-era ball­room of a long-gone Fifth Av­enue man­sion with grand arch­ways and del­i­cately carved Louis XIV-style chairs, ot­tomans and so­fas. In a city where the class di­vide is grow­ing ever wider, “Open House” in­vites any­one to ex­pe­ri­ence a taste of 1900s op­u­lence in Cen­tral Park. Through Sept. 24, Doris C. Freed­man Plaza, 60th Street and Fifth Av­enue

“The Floaters” Though New York has many amaz­ing pools, none of them are on the High Line. No wor­ries — mu­ral­ist Henry Tay­lor has cre­ated a larg­erthan-life pool scene of him­self and friends re­lax­ing in a Palm Springs swim­ming pool called “The Floaters.” Just try not to hear the Beach Boys at you take in the 1960s vibe and per­fect sum­mer color pal­ette. Through March 2018, The High Line at West 22nd Street

“Pris­matic Park” While Josiah McEl­heny’s three wood-and-glass struc­tures that make up “Pris­matic Park” — a curved blue sound wall, a red-and-yel­low pav­il­ion and a green cir­cu­lar stage — are art them­selves, they also serve as a space to cre­ate new art. Per­for­mance col­lec­tive Blank Forms, dance troupe Danspace Project and Po­ets House will “in­habit” the glim­mer­ing ex­hibit to de­velop new works, while any­one who feels in­spired is also wel­come to fol­low his or her muse. June 13-Oct. 8, Madi­son Square Park, Madi­son Av­enue be­tween 23rd and 26th streets












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