5 Must See Pieces of Public Art in Manhattan



Home to many of the most outstanding cultural institutions in the world””MoMa, The Met, Guggenheim, The Whitney”” New York City aesthetic and cool is also largely defined in the streets. Every block or road you pass houses some moment of creative inspiration. To find the essentials, check out these five must see pieces of public art in Manhattan.


Keith Haring’s Crack is Wack

An orange mural filled with squiggly dancing figures and the words, Crack is Wack written across it, this Keith Haring piece has casually discouraged drivers and pedestrians from hardcore drug use since 1986. Head to E 128th Street and Harlem River Drive to check out the timeless work from the late artist and activist.

Sol Lewitt at Columbus Circle Subway

Through the Art of Transit Program, conceptual illustrator Sol Lewitt created this piece specifically for the wall that sits at the 60th Street entrance of the Columbus Circle Subway stop. 250 colored tiles arranged in various swooping and straight patterns guide people down underground and on to their next destination.

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The Statue of Lenin on Red Square

On the roof of Red Square”” a luxury apartment building on East Houston Street”” a 17 foot bronze statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin watches over cars and pedestrians below. The sculpture was originally commissioned by the Soviet Union, but following the regime’s fall, it was abandoned just outside Moscow. Developers purchased and installed it in 1994.

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The LOVE Sculpture

A quintessential photo spot, the LOVE Sculpture by Robert Indiana is a staple of New York City tourism. Originally an image for the Museum of Modern Art Christmas Card, the LO resting on top of the VE has since evolved into a postage stamp, and then a sculpture in Indiana. Today, there are LOVE sculptures in different languages around the world and the most well known rendition sits here in the Big Apple on Lexington Avenue and 55th Street.

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The Grand Central Station Clock

Another iconic work, the clock in the middle of Grand Central Terminal is the bustling landmark’s most recognizable component. Featured in countless movies and viewed by the station’s billions of commuters, the four-faced timepiece is a popular site riddled with folklore. Some believe the clock has a net worth of $20 million dollars, and that it’s connected to a secret staircase beneath the information booth.

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