If you ask me on any normal day where is the last place I want to be in New York City, it would most definitely be Times Square. It isn’t because it isn’t pretty, bright, and totally overstimulating. It is because of all of those things and it is packed with tourists who are constantly looking up and have no intention of moving out of my way or moving at all.
So why did I purposely end up here on a Saturday, the busiest day of the week? It was to see the Valentine’s Day art display that is different every year in Duffy Square. This year’s art display is the Window To the Heart.
What Is The Idea Behind The Window To The Heart?
This year is very special, it’s the tenth anniversary, so they had to go big to fill that amazing space and celebrate love in a special way. The design team, ArandaLasch + Marcelo Coelho, created this piece which is made from a resin Fresnel lens, the largest in the world at 12 feet long.
It was 3-D printed and is etched with grooves that distort the image behind it bending colors and light. And in the middle, is a heart cut out to take that Valentine “USie”. It ended up winning the yearly competition, out of many submissions, to be placed in Times Square at the crossroads of the World for the month of February celebrating love in all of its forms.
Where is the Window To The Heart?
The art piece is located at Duffy Square between 46th and 47th street, near the red steps. It was unveiled on February 1st and will remain until the 28th. I would tell you to go on the weekdays instead of the weekend like I did because there is actually always a line of tourists waiting to take a picture with their sweethearts. But then again, that could be perfect if you are looking for a new boo and what a story that would be years from now!
Will you be going to Times Square to catch the Window to the Heart? Will be taking a Valentine’s Day “USie”? I’d love to see them! I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day but you can inspire me for the future.
Until our next rendezvous…