Heartwalk: An Ode to Love in Trying Times
It’s the annual day of love—revered by some and reviled by others. But whatever your take on Valentine’s Day, the romance and goodwill inherent in the Heartwalk installation by Situ Studio in Times Square is pretty, well, heartwarming.
The heart-shaped room within the city—winner of the Times Square Alliance’s annual competition for a Valentine’s-themed public art installation—is a nod to the love that binds people together during trying times. It’s made out of almost 500 salvaged boardwalk boards collected from the wreckage left in Hurricane Sandy’s wake. The designers repurposed wood from Long Beach, Sea Girt, and Atlantic City, and created two undulating ribbons that culminate in a massive heart that visitors can literally enter.
“The heart is a frame for lovers and a great civic gesture commemorating the outpouring of support and help in the wake of Sandy. Heartwalk is a heartwarming stage on which to pause for a moment in the heart of the world’s busiest intersection,” said Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art and Design, and jury member.
If you’re in New York, check out Heartwalk in Times Square until March 8, 2013.