Unveiled recently in the heart of Times Square is a 10-foot-tall pulsing metallic heart sculpture called VALENTINE TO TIMES SQUARE created by Gage/Clemenceau Architects. I took photos of the gorgeous "Heart of Times Square" last night when it was unseasonably mild. The piece is installed at the foot of the TKTS Stairway to Nowhere in Father Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th Street, Broadway and Seventh Avenue) and will be on display through February 22. To perfectly match the lights of Times Square, the designers utilized a reflective surface and changing LED lighting. The piece was constructed with DuPont™ Corian and welded steel tubes. It pulses in red, pink and purple lights. Computer driven lasers cut the metal sheathing into a delicate latticework pattern. Inside, shelves of horizontal luminescent acrylic pulse in reds, pinks and purples. The sculpture is a creation of a wholly New York team, uniting artistic, industrial and commercial elements of the city: young Lower East Side architects, Queens auto body shop welders, Brooklyn manufacturers, and one of the most highly trafficked, advertisement-laden arenas in the world.
“With all that’s going on in the world, we were overjoyed by the prospect of creating something where we can spread a little love,” said designer Mark Foster Gage. “Valentine to Times Square speaks to our love of Times Square and New York City – frenetic, ever-changing, colorful and always fascinating.”
Last night, couples, tourists, locals and families posed for pictures in front of this mesmerizing public art installation. The sculpture is presented as part of a Valentine’s Day in Times Square celebration sponsored by jewelry retailer Zales. Happy Valentine's Day!