Spring has (finally) arrived in New York, and one of the best ways to enjoy the newfound sunshine is to surround yourself with some of the free, outdoor art that’s popping up in many of the public parks and spaces around the city. Madison Square Park is now home to Red, Yellow and Blue, a massive installation by New York-based artist Orly Genger. By knotting over one million feet of nautical rope, covering it in primary colored-paint, and weaving it around the trees and lawn spaces of the park, Genger has transformed the landscape into a visual playground that brings the spirit of costal waves and sand dunes to the middle of Manhattan. Commissioned by Mad. Sq. Art, a program that brings free contemporary art to Madison Square Park, Red, Yellow and Blue will be on display through September 8, 2013.

When you’re done soaking up all that nature and free art, be sure to head across the street to Mad. Sq. Eats, an tiny outdoor market located in Worth Square, which is the name for that trapezoid of concrete directly north of the Flatiron Building. You’ll find your typical food truck fare – everything from lobster rolls, pulled pork sandwiches and mini meatballs to ice cream, macaroons, and a solid variety of local wine and craft beers. Best bets include truffle salami from Charlito’s Cocina, tamarind pineapple glazed chicken satay from Graffiti | Metaphor, and a tiramisu cannoli from Stuffed Artisan Cannoli. Mad. Sq. Eats is open daily from 11am-9pm and runs now through Friday, May 31.

Madison Square Park is located on 23rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues; take the F/M, N/R, or 6 train to 23rd Street. Check out madisonsquarepark for more information.