Twice a year Washington Square plays host to their annual sidewalk art exhibit. Starting at east 12th Street and extending along the south side of Washington Square Park and ending at West 3rd Street. These original works of art are produced from artisans not only from the metropolitan area but from around the world.
During Memorial Day weekend, the following weekend and during Labor Day weekend and the weekend after that, you will be able to stroll down the avenue and browse through original selections of art; you can also meet with the artists in person. The wide variety of wares available at this exhibit includes items such as paintings, sculptures, and exclusive jewelry creations.
This New York event originated during the depression when some of the local artists living in Greenwich Village wanted to showcase their creations. Jackson Pollock in need of funds was the first artist to set up his display on the sidewalks, creating the first known exhibit in the area. Soon after fellow artisans followed and now 80 plus years later this has become part of Greenwich Village culture.