Art, al fresco

Head outside for the hottest exhibits.

For some of the city’s most exciting displays this July, think outside the museum. Outdoor exhibits abound and offer free art amidst the bustling cityscape. Start your tour in Madison Square Park for Orly Genger’s “Red, Yellow and Blue” installation (madisonsquarepark.org). Running through 9/8, this commissioned work consists of 1.4 million feet of rope, coated in over 3,500 gallons of paint and weighing in at nearly 100,000 pounds. Marvel at the three separate structures of layered rope which bring a vibrant new interactive component to the park.

For a fun pop of color, head to Beach Street Park to see Cheryl Farber Smith’s “Mellow Yellow,” on display through 10/27 (nycgovparks.org/art). This 9-foot tall aluminum sculpture  features a symphony of geometric shapes that seem to swirl and dance before the eye, all painted in a bright burst of yellow. Brilliantly planted in TriBeCa Park, this work of art provides a buzzing pop of color in a pleasantly canopied outdoor setting.

Finally, one of the premier outdoor art hubs in the city, The High Line park, hosts Carol Bove’s “Caterpillar” (thehighline.org). This exciting commission features seven sculptures that decorate the third and final segment of the High Line, along the Rail Yards. Dotting the 300-yard stretch of the High Line, Bove’s sculptures rest amidst unruly vegetation, creating a unique viewing experience, surrounded by wilderness. “Caterpillar” is free to view, but requires reservations on select days. It also offers art-enthusiasts a coveted, sneak peek at the final segment of the High Line, which doesn’t open as public park space until 2014. Elevated above the city and offering remarkable views of the Hudson River, The High Line is a must for any art or outdoor-lover.

While the Big Apple’s world-renowned museums deserve big praises for their works, this July some of the most awe-inspiring pieces reside not inside, but outside the gallery walls.