We heart art! New York City has such an incredible, ever changing array of beautiful works on display throughout its streets! And the best part – its all on view for free! In light of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday – we listed out our favorite love inspired art, graffiti spots and colorful backdrops for you to see.
Heart of the City
For over nine years, the Times Square Alliance has invited design firms to submit proposals for public art installations celebrating Valentine’s Day. This year’s winning design, We Were Strangers Once Too, is a public data sculpture in the shape of a heart that “highlights the role that immigrants have played in the founding, development and continued vibrancy of New York City.” The design is made of 33 colored metal poles that create a visual representation of data from the 2015 American Census bureau – outlining the origins and shifting populations of foreign-born NYC residents. As visitors walk around the sculpture their perspective will line the poles up to create an iconic heart shape.
Location: Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets
The First Street Garden Art Park holds many graffiti artworks, including the famous Heart Wall by Hektad. The bright mix of dots and hearts make for a pretty amazing backdrop.
Location: First Street Garden; Entrance on 1st Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue.
Love is all you Need
It’s really all we need right? Love this saying, and simple but powerful mural by the artist Adam Dudd. The art was commissioned as part of the Lower East Side 100 Gates project.
Location: 166 Allen Street, Manhattan’s LES
Pucker Up at Tictail Market – and their current mural by designer and illustrator isabel. Amazing prints of her work are available inside the store as well. Hurry! We heard that the mural is only up for a few more days!
Location: Tictail Market – Broome at Orchard Street
Smell the Flowers
Stop and smell the flowers on Allen Street, a beautiful mural by artist Tanya Taylor. Another work part of the 100 Gates Project, the flowers cover the gate of the back door to LES Mainstay Lucky Jacks.
Location: Allen Street between Rivington and Delancy Streets
Enjoy the new snow at the LOVE Statue on 5th Avenue. We LOVE Robert Indiana’s most photographed word art sculpture, located in Midtown. The sculpture has a sister piece “HOPE” a block away.
Location: 55th Street and 6th Avenue
We Love NY
Photo Credit: Arrested Motion
A NYC art list wouldn’t be complete without a piece dedicating its love to our city in which we live. The above “Love Vandal” Mural by Nick Walker is located over a parking lot (which makes it tricky to get the perfect shot) but has gained the hearts of many New Yorkers.
Location: 17th street and 6th avenue