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An Immigration-Themed Heart Will Be Times Square’s Valentine’s Day Public Art Project

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An Immigration-Themed Heart Will Be Times Square’s Valentine’s Day Public Art Project

When you think Times Square, probably the first thing that comes to mind is a hoard of slow moving tourists gaping at the lights as if they’d never seen neon before …but for one month a year, Time’s Square is love.

Continuing their 9 year tradition, Times Square kicks off Valentines day with a heart themed public art project.  This year is no exception. The piece, titled We Were Strangers Once Too, serves a duel purpose; to celebrate the day with a big soppy love heart, and celebrate the part immigrants have played in making NYC the great city it is today.

The installation is a collection of 33 inscribed and color coded metal poles. The colors each represent the nation of origin and shifting populations of foreign-born NYers based on data generated from the 2015 American Census Survey. …but what does that have to do with valentines day?

As visitors travel around the sculpture to a designated observation point, their perspective shifts until the individual color blocks of red and pink resolve into an iconic heart. – timessquarenyc

We Were Strangers Once Too will be unveiled on February 7 at Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th and will stay on display for around a month.

Featured image source [timessquarenyc]

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