Young Projects to Design “Match-Maker” Heart for Times Square

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Trailing Situ Studio’s recycled lumber heartYoung Projects has been chosen to design the annual Times Square Valentine’s Day installation for lovers in the Big Apple. Made in collaboration with fabricator Kammental, “Match-Maker” will debut early February. 

As the Brooklyn-based designers described, “Match-Maker will cosmically connect people this Valentine’s Day. Guided by their zodiac signs, visitors arrange themselves at twelve points around the heart-shaped sculpture. Peering through colorful, interwoven periscopes provides glimpses of each viewer’s four most ideal astrological mates, offering potentially novel connections between lonely souls or settled lovers. The form of the sculpture is elusive, complex and symmetrical, and changes as viewers experience it from different vantage points throughout Times Square.  From many points of view it forms a perfect and iconic heart; from other perspectives the sculpture is tangled and perplexing.”

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Previous winners of the Times Square Valentine Heart Design include: Situ Studio (2013); BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) (2012); Freecell (2011); Moorhead & Moorhead (2010); and Gage / Clemenceau Architects (2009).

Visitors can follow the conversation on Twitter using #LoveTimesSquare.

This year’s Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition is made possible by the Times Square Alliance and Van Alen Institute.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Young Projects to Design “Match-Maker” Heart for Times Square" 26 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=462500>

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