Every year NY Times Square Alliance throws an annual Valentine Heart Design Competition, where design firms and architects submit a ‘romantic public art installation’ for Valentine’s Day. This 2017 winner is The Office for Creative Research with an installation titled ‘We Were Strangers Once Too.’ It is a public data sculpture represented in pink and red on poles, that end up in a shape of a heart. The data inscribed on thirty-three, 10 feet high, metal poles is based on 2015 census, highlighting the national origins and shifting populations of foreign-born New York City residents
The sculpture represents the important role the immigrants have played in the founding, development, and the continued vibrancy of NYC and in the US.
The installation will be exposed until March 5th.