Folks, today is February 14th. For me that means that tonight the Knicks play the Raptors, but to a more romantically-inclined subset of you, it's Valentine's Day. In celebration of the latter, New York City's Times Square Alliance is once again hosting their annual Times Square Valentine sculpture.
This year's 10-foot sculpture, designed and in built in collaboration between Bjarke Ingels' BIG, fabricators FLATCUT and media design firm Local Projects, has an interesting interactive component:
A BIG red heart pulses with glowing light in a grove of glass rods. A single person can activate the beating heart, but joining hands with others will make the heart beat even faster to create a brightly burning heart.
The heart conducts the flow of people, air and touch to bring its heart to life. The 10-foot tall glowing sculpture consists of 400 transparent, LED lit, acrylic tubes that form a cube around a suspended red heart. The transparent tubes refract the lights of Times Square, creating a cluster of condensed city lights around the heart. The hovering heart will pulsate faster reflecting the chain of human energy in the heart of Times Square.