Public Art for Everyone: What to See on the High Line NYC

New York is filled with art and culture, and not just in its famous museums. All over the city, public art adds extra character to many neighborhoods — often where you least expect it. The High Line NYC is an old, elevated freight line that was transformed into a public park. In addition to the welcome green space in Manhattan, it also presents public art exhibits throughout the year.

En Plein Air Exhibit

Ever wonder how some art movements take off? In the 1800s, Impressionism was fueled by premixed paints. For the first time in history, artists could take their studios outside and paint outdoors. This exhibit approaches the concept of outdoor painting from different perspectives, from works that are only meant to be shown outside to others that simply focus on the subject of nature.

Silent Agitator Exhibit

Ready to do away with the five-day work week? How about the eight-hour work day? For the High Line, artist Ruth Ewan presents a large clock that pays tribute to labor history. The work is meant to be a gathering space on the High Line, where visitors can break down the barrier capitalism creates between private and public space and time.


Take a seat and relax on the 14th Street end of the High Line with Channel, the park’s outdoor video program. Every evening, the High Line screens a rotating clip of video exhibitions that often revolve around the relationship between humans and nature.


Opening this summer, the Plinth at the High Line will be one of the few public spaces in all of New York devoted exclusively to a rotating series of art commissions. The plinth will feature new, contemporary works of art. The space opens with “Brick House,” a sculpture by Simone Leigh.