Titled, Love’s h|Edge, the design comes from Brooklyn-based practice, Almost Studio. It’s comprised of four heart-shaped hedge rows, heart-shaped interior spaces dubbed “Pitter-Patios,” rose-filled trellises and secret pathways. Almost Studio’s design is meant to evoke a sense of exploration and play.
The endearing work of art is a multi-sensory experience that will evolve throughout its time in the square. Visitors will be able to take part in free rose dedications that occur daily at 1pm and onlookers are encouraged to “Fill Up the Heart” by adding flowers to the trellises. This will make the structure appear as if it’s blooming over the 28 days it will be on display.
As one continues to explore the installation laced with a fragrance of fresh flowers, they’ll come across a recorded soundscape and illuminated benches.
“Love’s h|Hedge is meant to be a pause, a momentary illusion, in your day, in your week, and in your life. Planting an artificial garden within Times Square is meant to be a jolt from our routines,” said a Almost Studio’s Dorian Booth and Anthony V. Gagliardi. “It is a place of reflection and reformation. It is a place to look at yourself and others anew.”
Moreover, the dimensions within Love’s h|Edge are all ADA compliant. These technical choices were “intended to be fundamentally inclusive and embody a sense of expansive compassion.” It’s maze-like features draw inspiration from Time Square’s theatrical landscape.
Love’s h|Edge will serve as the perfect background for all of the Valentine’s Day activities set to take place in Times Square. From surprise proposals to wedding ceremonies and vow renewals, the magical installation will be a reminder of “the limitless human capacity to love.”
The annual competition allows creatives to come together during a month known for love in an exciting new way each year. “Every February, we get to celebrate love – a simple yet invaluable sentiment that underpins and uplifts all that we do here in Times Square,” said Tom Harris, President of Times Square Alliance.
Find out more on the Times Square Arts website here.
📍Duffy Square, Times Square
🕓 Now through February 28th