The past few centuries have shown a radical transformation within Lower Manhattan. The Financial District, the birthplace of the city which was once dominated by farms, has grown to cater to New York’s status as the corporate capital of the world. Massively modern, glass-coated skyscrapers tower over narrow winding streets, coming quite a long way from their origins as Dutch and Native American rural stomping grounds.
Despite not being the first place that comes to mind when thinking about art, the Financial District is abundant with public art and powerful architecture. We’ll explore over 15 different sites by famed artists such as Mark di Suvero, Keith Haring, and Isamu Noguchi that reinforce the neighborhood’s strong corporate identity while contrasting the swaths of contemporary, colorless skyscrapers that surround them.