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Interactive Valentine Heart Needs YOU To Hold It Up!

The 2011 annual Times Square Valentine competition has been won by a 10 foot diameter, 50 pound heart, a creation of the design group Freecell, in collaboration with architect Peter Dorsey.   'Light Hearted' needs you and 2,599 others to help hold it up over Times Square in an extended celebration of Valentine's Day, February 10th through 20th.  If you will be in New York City, don't miss this opportunity!

 

'Light Hearted' interactive heart, all in unison: Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com'Light Hearted' interactive heart, all in unison: Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com  

Sponsored by the Times Square Alliance Public Art Program, the Times Square Valentine competition acknowledged both the superb architectural form of the design and the concept of Light Hearted bringing people together from many cultures, nationalities, and walks of life to work in synchrony to hold up the heart above Times Square.  

The heart will float about 10 feet above the crowd so it can be seen throughout the Square and attract people to it to participate. The frame is constructed of a light weight aluminum that elliptically loops the open weave red fabric that allows the wind to pass through.  The fabric catches light during the day and at night, it is brightly lit by light emitting diodes.

 

'Light Hearted' interactive heart, ground position: Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com'Light Hearted' interactive heart, ground position: Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com  'Light Hearted' interactive heart, in formation: Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com'Light Hearted' interactive heart, in formation: Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com

 

'Light Hearted' interactive heart, 'with a little helf from its friends': Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com'Light Hearted' interactive heart, 'with a little helf from its friends': Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com

 

'Light Hearted' interactive heart, from above: Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com'Light Hearted' interactive heart, from above: Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com

 

To sign up for a 15 minute shift to hold up Light Hearted, visit the Times Square Light Hearted website. 

Will you settle for 15 minutes of loving?  Your share is only 8 pounds, and if you become tired, someone will be there to take your place! The dates are February 10 to February 20, 2011...  It's waiting for you!

 

'Light Hearted' interactive heart, Times Square Feb. 10 - 20, 2011: Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com'Light Hearted' interactive heart, Times Square Feb. 10 - 20, 2011: Courtesy of Freecell via ArchDaily.com

 

Sources:  ArchDaily.com, Freecell, Times Square Arts