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Situ Studio: Heartwalk;  Presented in collaboration with Design Trust for Public Space.  Photograph by Ka-Man Tse.Situ Studio: Heartwalk. Presented in collaboration with Design Trust for Public Space. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse.

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Brooklyn-Based Firm Situ Studio Selected as Winner Of The 2013 Times Square Valentine Heart Design 
2013 Invited Competition is a Collaboration between Times Square Arts and the Design Trust for Public Space

Design includes New York and New Jersey boardwalk boards salvaged from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy  

Brooklyn-based design firm Situ Studio is the winner of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design. Over the last five years, the Times Square Alliance has invited architecture and design firms to submit proposals for a romantic public art installation celebrating Valentine’s Day in Times Square. This year’s winning design, Situ Studio’s Heartwalk was unveilled Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and remains on view until March 10, 2013.

For the first time in this annual competition, Times Square Arts collaborated with Design Trust for Public Space, to invite emerging architecture and design firms to submit proposals for consideration. Eight firms submitted proposals for the heart design.

Situ Studio took inspiration from the collective experience of Hurricane Sandy and the love that binds people together during trying times. Whether it was the radically reconfigured landscapes, the compromised infrastructural networks, or the temporary solutions that emerged in the days and weeks that followed the storm, Hurricane Sandy confronted all New Yorkers and New Jerseyans by transforming the familiar.

Using boardwalk boards salvaged during Sandy’s aftermath—from Long Beach, New York; Sea Girt, New Jersey; and Atlantic City, New Jersey—Heartwalk begins as two ribbons of wooden planks that fluidly lift from the ground to form a heart shaped enclosure in the middle of Duffy Square. The slatted construction, illuminated from within, provides varied views of the interior as visitors move around the perimeter of the installation. Visitors can enter the installation itself and literally stand in the heart of the world’s greatest city.

Additional Support By

Boardwalk Donations

  • City of Long Beach, NY
  • City of Sea Girt, NJ
  • Atlantic City, NJ
  • The Rockaways, Queens 
Situ Studio Process Photo Valentine 2013

Other invited finalists for the 2013 Times Square Valentine Heart Design included: Abrahams May Architects; Abruzzo Bodziak Architects LLC; EASTON+COMBS;  FORMLESSFINDER;  HOLLER Architecture;  Manifold Architecture Studio; and RUX Design.   

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