Since 1967, NYC Parks has been bringing small and large scale works to the public spaces of the city. The temporary Central Park Gates, the LOVE sculpture from Robert Indiana, and that ugly-beautiful hunk of metal the Alamo over in Astor Place—they're all part of the Art in the Parks program, which is celebrating 50 years this month.

Jennifer Lantzas, the Deputy Director of Public Art, told Gothamist that Christo and Jean-Claude’s The Gates "is without a doubt the most celebrated and iconic public artwork" to come from the program. "Though the exhibition was only around 2 weeks long, it has had a lasting impact on New Yorkers and visitors alike," Lantzas said, adding, "While The Gates is by the numbers the most celebrated, the beauty of our program is that given its duration and breadth, everyone has their own most-memorable work—some people remember large installations like the Fernando Botero exhibition on Park Avenue in 1993, or more intimate encounters with works in their local park like the Sing for Hope pianos."

You can click through for a visual retrospective of some of the pieces they've delivered to the boroughs over the decades.

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Some more recent works include The Giant Flowers in Highland Park, by artist Daniele Frazier, and of course Ai Weiwei's city-wide installation for his "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" project.

Want to add your name to the list of artists who have been given the city as their canvas? The program mostly features emerging and local artists, and they currently have a "funding opportunity for New York City artists looking to exhibit their work in a NYC Park," Lantzas told us. "The UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant is currently accepting applications through November 17th and will award 10 artists with $10,000 each to create a public artwork." Artists will be selected this winter, and their work will be unveiled in the summer of 2018.

This weekend you can join in celebrating 50 years of public art at the "It's Happening!" event in Central Park. We're told, "It's a '60s-style be-in featuring installations and performance pieces—an experiential look back at the past half century of contemporary art." You'll find more info on that right here.

Previously: How NYC's Public Art Gets Made