Instead of rubbing the nose or another body part of a bronze sculpture for good luck, these two family-friendly Art in the Parks installations in Manhattan and Brooklyn invite you to play, explore, listen and relax, and they are FREE, of course:
Central Park: Drifting in Daylight features both artworks and performance along the walkways on the northern end of the park, around the Harlem Meer, Great Hill and Conservatory Garden, with recreations of movie scenes and other so-called perceptual works dotting the paths. The art show is Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 6pm, May 15 through June 20th. It’s both family friendly and free. Enter from the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. Read more about Drifting in Daylight in Crain’s 5boros, in a special article by NYC on the Cheap editor Evelyn Kanter.
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Please Touch the Art features 18 playful works from as far north as the lawn near Jane’s Carousel to as far south as Pier 6, including a mirror maze and a popular water park. To help you locate each work, either print the Scavenger Hunt map or pick one up at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Information Station at the entrance to Pier 1. As you move through the park, check off the box next to each work when you discover it. You are also invited to snap a photo of your completed hunt, and Instagram or Tweet @PublicArtFund #PleaseTouchTheArt, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a prize. And you’ll have plenty of time to complete the mission, since the project is due to stay open through next spring.