Art + Culture

Help Young Projects Kickstart Some Match-Making

DUMBO designers are on a winning streak: For the second year in a row, local architects have won the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. Following Situ Studio’s Sandy-inspired Heartwalk in 2013, Young Projects, based in 68 Jay, earned 2014’s top prize with Match-Maker, an astrology-inspired installation that invites users to find love via the zodiac. Here’s the official description:

“Match-Maker,” the winning design, will cosmically connect people this Valentine’s Day. Guided by their zodiac signs, visitors arrange themselves at twelve points around the heart-shaped sculpture. Peering through colorful, interwoven periscopes provides glimpses of each viewer’s four most ideal astrological mates, offering potentially novel connections between lonely souls or settled lovers. The form of the sculpture is elusive, complex and symmetrical, and changes as viewers experience it from different vantage points throughout Times Square. From many points of view it forms a perfect and iconic heart; from other perspectives the sculpture is tangled and perplexing.

Young projects has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the project, which will be on display in Father Duffy Square between 46th and 47th Streets from Feb 6-March 11.

Can a sculpture act as a dating service? There’s only one way to find out …

Image courtesy Young Projects