List of Hidden Sculptures of New York
America’s first Founding Father stands memorialized in bronze in front of Federal Hall on Wall Street. While taking a photo with the general himself, take a look around the historic building where he resides. Federal Hall was first built in 1700, and from there, it developed a fascinating and long history worth learning about.
This piece was created by Italian artist Arturo Di Modica in 1989, and is meant to symbolize the “strength and power of the American People” after the 1987 stock market crash. This sculpture quickly became one of the most popular sites downtown, and it serves as an important icon of Wall Street.
Balto in Central Park
This beloved husky hero was memorialized in 1925 for his valiance as a lead sled dog during a great blizzard in Alaska. Nome, Alaska was stricken with sickness, and Balto powered through snow to deliver the people of the town. His plaque reads Endurance, Fidelity, Intelligence, which are inspiring and heroic words to live by!
Statue of Atlas
Standing tall and proud in front of Rockefeller Center and across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a bronze monument of the Ancient Greek Titan, Atlas, holding the heavens. This sculpture was created in 1937 in Art Deco style, and is certainly a sight to be seen.
Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park is Cleopatra’s Needle, one of three Egyptian obelisks given as a gift to the United States from Khedive in February of 1881. It’s constructed from red granite and stands about 69 feet tall!
This Founding Father can be found right in front of Pace University downtown, across from City Hall. Benjamin Franklin was an important American Statesman, scientist, inventor, philosopher, and journalist, so we think he’s certainly worth a good photo-op on your next NYC trip!
This iconic Pop Art sculpture was created by American artist Robert Indiana in 1970, and quickly became popular inspiration for many other words that could fit in the same style. Now, it’s become an integral part of any NYC trip, located on 6th avenue just under Central Park.
This geometric sculpture is also known as the Astor Place Cube or just The Cube. It stands on a vertical axis so visitors can spin the sculpture. It was built in 1967 as part of the “Sculpture and the Environment” organized by the New York City Department of Cultural affairs. Originally it was a temporary piece, but was petitioned to become a permanent part of the neighborhood.
This statue is located in the Bowery at Confucius Plaza, just below Chinatown. The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association gave it to New York in appreciation, as well as to commemorate the U.S. bicentennial. At its base reads a Confucian proverb inscribed in an American flag.
The Peace Fountain
This famous fountain is located next to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Morning Side Heights. It was sculpted by the sculptor-in-residence at the Cathedral, and depicts the struggle of good and evil: a battle between the Archangel Michael and Satan. Although it’s a fountain, there is currently no water in it. But it is still quite beautiful!