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New art display comes to Times Square ahead of Valentine’s Day festivities

Photo by Ian Douglas for @TSqArts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Times Square is pulling out all the stops to make sure that your Valentine’s Day is unforgettable and romantic.

Declare your love in style. Starting at 11 a.m. on Feb. 14, Times Square will host proposals and weddings every half hour (Times Square already has three surprise proposals, two weddings and vow renewal lined up for the day so far).

The day will conclude at 6 p.m., at which time Times Square will hold a huge mass vow renewal ceremony at the Red Steps. The vow renewal will kick off with a performance by cast members of the popular musical “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Heart SquaAll of this year’s Valentine’s Day activities at Times Square will overlook the winner of this year’s winner of the 12th annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, a statue called Heart Squared,” that was created by MODU and Eric Forman Studio. The piece features 125 mirrors tilted in various directions within a steel frame that mimics the outline of an anatomic heart, which transforms Times Square into kaleidoscopic images of people, buildings, and brightly-lit billboards. When viewers see the structure, hundreds of reflections come together and make the piece look like a pixelated heart.

“We are using the magic of mirrors and light to remix the urban spectacle into something unexpected, to give people a new way to see the city — and each other.” said Eric Forman, of Eric Forman Studio.

The piece will remain on display through March 1.

Photo by Ian Douglas for @TSqArts

 

“’Heart Squared’ represents the collective heart of the city and as such, is an engaging civic statement about celebrating our differences and bringing people together in a fundamentally inclusive way.” said Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem, of MODU.

On Feb. 25, Cooper Hewitt will host a public program with the MODU and Eric Forman Studio to dive deeper into the design process story behind “Heart Squared” and explore the work in the greater context of public art and design installations.

“As America’s Design Museum, Cooper Hewitt is delighted to collaborate with Times Square Arts to infuse inclusive and accessible design at the Crossroads of the World,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. “Through its innovative use of mirrors to create a kaleidoscopic portrait of urban life, MODU and Eric Forman Studio’s Heart Squared demonstrates the power of design to foster community and spark connections.”

For more information about Valentine’s Day at Times Square, visit timessquarenyc.org.

Emily Davenport