February 25, 2020
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
2 E 91st St
New York, NY 10128
Join faculty member and Head of Innovation Eric Forman and designers Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem of MODU Architecture for a conversation about Heart Squared. Their installation, on view through the month of February in Duffy Square on 7th Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets, was named the winner of the 12th annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. The contest invites architecture and design firms to submit proposals celebrating love and diversity in Times Square.
The public program will take place at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, on February 25, 7:00-8:00PM. The designers will discuss their artistic process and explore the work in a broader context of public art installations in civic spaces. Andrea Lipps, Associate Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt and the 2020 competition curator, will moderate.
The prize-winning interactive installation features 125 square mirrors suspended within a steel frame shaped like an anatomically correct human heart. The mirrors reflect a grid of the urban landscape of people, buildings, and billboards, in the New York City hub known as “The Crossroads of the World.” The heart shape is revealed when viewers find a “sweet spot” from which a giant pixelated heart appears surrounded by a field of reflected sky.