Art + Culture

HeartSeat Transforms Water Tank into Sculptural Seating

TIMES SQUARE HEART INSTALLATION FINDS NEW HOME IN THE PEARL STREET TRIANGLE

DUMBO, Brooklyn (March 18, 2015)  — The DUMBO Improvement District and Stereotank, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Art Program, are proud to announce the installation of HeartSeat, a bold sculptural seating element made from a re-purposed water tank, in the Pearl Street Triangle through May 1.

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Created by Brooklyn-based design studio Stereotank, founded by architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, HeartSeat was originally commissioned for the juried Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, where it greeted thousands of visitors last month first as a heart-shaped participative installation and then transformed into the current public seating element. Trading bright lights of Broadway for the quieter but no less iconic spot next to the Manhattan Bridge, HeartSeat offers an intimate and interactive addition to DUMBO’s Pearl Street Triangle plaza.

This is the third year that DUMBO has offered a second home for winners of the Times Square Valentine Heart Competition. DUMBO hosted Situ Studio’s Heartwalk, a glowing 30-ft installation made from Hurricane Sandy-salvaged boardwalk wood, in 2013 and Young Architect’s zodiac-inspired Matchmaker sculpture, in 2014.

“After this drab winter, HeartSeat brings a bold, welcome splash of color to our public space,” said Kristin LaBuz, Director of Marketing & Events at the DUMBO Improvement District. “As the weather warms, we look forward to seeing DUMBO workers, residents and tourists enjoy this piece of public art – for selfies, smooches, or just stopping to check email on the neighborhood’s free Wi-Fi.”

“We are thrilled that HeartBeat from Times Square is now HeartSeat at Pearl Street Triangle,” said Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente of Stereotank. “The beats of a heart are now a seat for the arts.”

“DOT Art is once again excited to work with the DUMBO BID to relocate and present the Times Square Alliance Heart sculpture,” said Wendy Feuer, DOT Assistant Commissioner of Urban Design & Art. “HeartSeat is an interesting blend of design, art and functionality. It provides a wonderful respite for DUMBO residents and visitors to sit and enjoy their surroundings in the heart of DUMBO.”

Special thanks to the Times Square Alliance and Architectural League for commissioning the initial installation of the project as part of the Times Square Heart Design Competition. Additional support provided by Arup, Integrated Industries Corporation, Robert Silman Associates, Craft Workshop and Mark Brady Contracting, Lumenpulse Lighting, Guitar Center Times Square, Norwesco, Parra Drums, and Nodus.

About the DUMBO Improvement District:

The DUMBO Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting DUMBO, Brooklyn. The Improvement District showcases DUMBO as a world-class destination, advocating on behalf of DUMBO’s businesses, property owners and residents. The organization provides supplemental sanitation services, marketing, economic development, neighborhood programming and long-term planning. For more information, visit http://dumbo.is.

About NYC Department of Transportation Art Program:

Launched in October 2008, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program invigorates the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. The Program partners with community-based organizations and artists to present murals, sculptures, projections, and performances on plazas, fences, barriers, bridges, and sidewalks for up to 11 months. Projects are presented within four  program tracks: Community Commissions, Barrier Beautification, Site to Site, and Arterventions.  For more information, visit http:///nyc.gov/dotart.

About Stereotank:

Founded by Venezuelan New York-based architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, Stereotank experiments with the common grounds between architecture, art, and sound. Their focus lies on the research, design, and construction of immersive installations in urban settings for public engagement, often using found objects (or rather sought objects) as raw materials with the intention of exploring their re-configuration and their sound properties in space as another dimension of the material. Stereotank has participated in public art programs and festivals working with organizations such as The Architectural League and PEN World Voices for the Nolita Little Free Library in NYC, Kobe Biennale in Japan – receiving a honorable mention for the Cargo Guitar project, the NYC Department of Transportation with the Cyclo-phone installation and Mall-terations project, Zooart in Italy, Bring to Light in Brooklyn, and Make Music New York. For more information, visit http://stereotank.com