Brooklyn-based artist MOLLY DILWORTH's "Cool Water, Hot Island" is the winning design for the temporary treatments of the Times Square pedestrian plazas. A few months ago, a design competition was launched by the NYC Department of Transportation in partnership with the Times Square Alliance to refresh and revive the streetscape of the pedestrian plazas while the agency moves forward with the permanent design. Ms. Dilworth's concept focuses on the urban heat-island effect, where cities tend to experience warmer temperatures than rural settings. The design’s color palette of striking blues and light hues reflects more sunlight and absorbs less heat—improving the look of these popular pedestrian plazas while making them more comfortable places to sit and relax. The colors and patterns evoke flowing water, like a river . Dilworth's design also provides a compelling visual contrast to the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows of Times Square's marquees and billboards, as well as the chairs, tables and umbrellas.