There is certainly a lot to see in the Big Apple and when you pay attention to your surroundings, it's easy to see that the city is one massive art gallery in itself where public art pieces by world-renowned artists and independent painters can be found on every other corner. Check out the list below for some must-see public art pieces in New York:

1. Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

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Above Ai Weiwei, Gilded Cage (2017). Mild steel, paint. (Photo: Courtesy of Ai Weiwei)

Ai Weiwei uses this multimedia, citywide exhibition to convey a passionate response to the global migration crisis and the profound social and political impulse to divide people from one another. The exhibition draws on many aspects of Ai’s career as a visual artist and architect, and is informed by both his own life experience and the plight of displaced people.

Until February 2018. To locate the art pieces, use the interactive map at

2. Joy Brown: Joy Brown on Broadway

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Above Photo: Courtesy of Katherine Manning

The Broadway Mall Association celebrated its 30th anniversary with the opening of Joy Brown on Broadway, a public sculpture exhibition of nine bronze works on the Broadway Malls. From taking selfies with them to sitting on them for an afternoon read, pedestrians are welcome to interact with all nine of the adorable large-scale sculptures.

Until February 2018. Broadway Malls, 72nd to 166th Streets. 

3. Henry Taylor: the floaters

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Above Henry Taylor, the floaters (2017). (Photo: Courtesy of the artist, Blum & Poe and Friends of the High Line)

Bringing “a slice of laid-back West Coast living to the bustling streets of New York City”, Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor created this large-scale mural that is a self-portrait of himself lounging in a pool with a friend. The mural is painted on the side of a building overlooking the High Line at West 22nd Street.

Until March 2018, The High Line, New York

See also: 5 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In January

4. Spencer Finch: Lost Man Creek

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Above Spencer Finch, Lost Man Creek (2016). (Photo: Timothy Schenck)

Having worked with the Save the Redwoods League to identify a 790-acre section of the protected Redwood National Park, Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch scaled down the topography and tree canopy heights to create this miniature of the California forest for MetroTech at a 1:100 scale.

Until March 11, MetroTech Commons, between Jay Street and Flatbush Avenue at Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

5. Yayoi Kusama: Large Pumpkin

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Above Yayoi Kusama, Large Pumpkin (2014). Bronze with patina accens, 241 x 235 x 235 cm, edition #2/8. (Photo: The Artling)

If you still can't get hold of a ticket to Yayoi Kusama's museum in Tokyo, head to Sky, a 71-storey luxury residential building in New York City's Midtown West neighbourhood. The building's infinity-loop motor court features one of Kusama's carved bronze pumpkins with the artist's iconic polka-dot motif.

Two of Yayoi's Infinity Net paintings also hang in the building's David Rockwell-designed lobby, while a fibreglass pumpkin sits in the spa entrance. 

Sky, 605 W 42nd St, New York

See also: Insta-Worthy: The Yayoi Kusama Museum In Tokyo

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