Top Five Displays of Public Art in SoHo

Mural at Bowery and Houston

Sure, SoHo has plenty to offer in terms of art galleries, but why not step outside and see what the streets South of Houston have on display.

#1 Subway Map Floating on a NY Sidewalk

Subway Map Floating on a NY Street

Francoise Schein’s Subway Map Floating on a NY Sidewalk at 110 Greene Street is easy to miss if you don’t look down. The piece, which is 87 feet long and 12 feet wide, was created in 1986 and features stainless-steel lines and LED lights embedded in the sidewalk. While the map isn’t really meant for practical use, Stein’s interpretation is a unique addition to SoHo art.





#2 The Wall or The Gateway to SoHo

The Gateway to SoHo

The Wall, also known as The Gateway to SoHo, is one of SoHo’s more visible pieces of art. The Wall was commissioned in 1973 and built by Forrest Myers in minimalist style. The eight-story piece of art consists of 42 aluminum bars painted green that are bolted to 42 steel braces painted blue. The Wall was actually removed in 2002 for building maintenance, but was later reinstalled and can be seen today at 599 Broadway on the corner of Broadway and Houston Street.






#3 Sidewalk Art by Hiratsuka

Sidewalk Art

People walk all over this piece of art -- literally. The sidewalk art at the northwest corner of Prince Street and Broadway in SoHo is often mistaken for art by Keith Haring, but it was actually done by Ken Hiratsuka in 1984. He never asked for permission to carve in his typical style and was subsequently scared off by a police car, though he later returned to finish the piece.



#4 The Bowery Mural

The Bowery Mural

The Bowery Mural is one of SoHo’s ever changing pieces of art. The mural exhibition space on the corner of Houston Street and Bowery that features temporary street art. The property has been owned by Goldman Properties since 1984, who have long had an interest in SoHo’s art scene.



#5 Cast Iron Facade Mural

Cast Iron Facade Mural

Though it’s tagged by vandals and showing its age by fading, Richard Haas’s Cast Iron Facade Mural is still one of SoHo’s most impressive pieces of art. Completed in 1975, Haas painted an incredibly detailed cast-iron facade on the side of the five-story blank wall at 112 Prince Street. Haas detailed the mural with open windows, air conditioners, and even a cat. SoHo is famous for its cast-iron buildings, but Haas’s is one-of-a-kind.