In 1977 Doris C. Freedman merged public art programs City Walls and the Public Arts Council to form Public Art Fund, which has produced more then five hundred projects all over New York City, bringing work by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Anish Kapoor, Sol Lewitt, and Sarah Sze to the public. This summer Public Art Fund is presenting three new projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn with the first going up May 24th at City Hall Park. Called Common Ground, the group exhibition combines a range of approaches to public art’s civic function in sculpture and performance. Artists include Elmgreen & Dragset, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Roger Hiorns, Jenny Holzer, Matthew Day Jackson, Justin Matherly, Paul McCarthy, Amalia Pica, and Thomas Schütte.
Paola Pivi’s How I Roll, commencing June 20th, is a twin engine plane rotating on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the corner of Central Park by 60th and 5th Avenue. The final project of the summer, going on display July 19th, consists of three sculptures by Oscar Tuazon on display at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The sculptures will use materials from the surrounding environment, placing the aesthetics of architecture, Minimalism, and industrialism alongside nature.