Animal Sculptures in New York

Animal Sculptures in New York

I had a meeting on Park Avenue in the 30s earlier today, and walked past a Public Art Exhibit of geometric animals that I have been visiting – and photographing – over different seasons this year. In looking for the pictures I have taken of this exhibit, I found a whole lot of exhibits of animals from over the years, and thought it would be fun to put them all together in this post.

Geometric Exhibits by Idriss B. in 2022

This Exhibit of origami-polygonal shaped animal sculptures on Park Avenue was in Murray Hill on Park Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets in 2022. The photographs below were taken in the winter and spring as you can see from the foliage around them.

Faces of the Wild by Gillie and Marc Schattner in 2022

This Exhibit at the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle in Greenwich Village in 2022 features nine sculptures of critically endangered animals. These include the northern white rhino, the chimpanzee, the addax, the western lowland gorilla, the polar bear, the red wolf, the African forest elephant, the hippopotamus and the lion from all over the world, from the African savannahs to the rainforests of Indonesia.

Doggy Bags by Will Kurtz in 2020

Doggy Bags was an exhibit created by Will Kurtz on Broadway between 38th and 40th Streets in 2020. It featured six sculptures of dogs of different breeds, all made out of single use plastic bags! If you look closely enough, you will find logos of brands you recognize on some of the plastic bags.

King Nyani by Gillie and Marc Schattner in 2020

King Nyani is a sculpture by Gillie and Marc Schattner that was installed in Hudson Yards in 2020 to raise awareness and funds for the critically endangered gorilla species. King Nyani is Swahili for gorilla. This is the world’s largest bronze gorilla sculpture and can fit two to three humans just in its hands! And yes, that is a beautiful sunset you can see to the left of the sculpture.

Hippo Ballerina by Bjorn Okholm Skaarup in 2017 & 2022

Hippo Ballerina was a sculpture of a hippo in a tutu by Bjorn Okholm Skaarup at Dante Park across from Lincoln Center in 2017, which is the first time that I saw it.

I then stumbled across this sculpture again in 2022, this time at Pershing Square Plaza outside Grand Central, and flanked by two smaller ballerinas.

Paparazzi Sculptures by Gillie and Marc Schattner in 2017

The Paparazzi Dogs Exhibit was at the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle in Greenwich Village in 2017. The dogs, named Joel, Charlie, Rocky, Samuel, were created to ironically ‘be photographed by the paparazzi’.

Paparazzi Dogman and Rabbitwoman

Out of all the Exhibits in this post, Paparazzi Dogman and Rabbitwoman is the only one that is a permanent Exhibit in a passageway in the middle of 48th and 49th Streets between 6th and 7th Avenues. It was installed in 2017.

Animal Sculptures by Peter Woytuk in 2011

In 2011, a whole host of animal sculptures by Peter Woytuk took up residence on malls from Columbus Circle to Mitchel Square on West 168th Street across more than five miles, through the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, West Harlem and Washington Heights.


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Hi, I'm Hanit Gyani, a full time professional by day and a blogger by night and weekend. Welcome to my blog, aka my passion project, Gotta Love New York.

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