Kissing Booths Installed in Times Square for Valentines Day
Times Square will again become a space to connect lovers this Valentines Day.
Architecture firm, Collective-LOK (CLOK) have been announced as the 2016 winner for the eighth annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design curated by the Center for Architecture.
Each year, architecture and design firms are invited to submit proposals for love-inspired installations for ‘The Crossroads of the World’.
“Entitled ‘Heart of Hearts’, CLOK’s structure will rise ten feet (the largest Valentines Day heart installation to date) and is effectively six, gold kissing booths that blur the boundaries between a private kiss and one that is shared with surrounding visitors.
“A faceted ring of golden, mirrored hearts creates a pavilion that reflects and multiplies the pulsating activity of Times Square, creating a kaleidoscopic interior that dissolves the boundaries between viewing and performing,” stated CLOK on their company website.
“Within the ring, diamond-shaped spaces inside each heart create “kissing booths” where couples find their activities mirrored, allowing both privacy and publicity within the Heart of Hearts.”
CLOK also wanted to create a “room within a room” feeling by allowing Valentines Day enthusiasts to engage in the urban hustle renowned for Times Square whilst also taking a moment for love.
“Heart of Hearts is a space for intimacy and performance within this spectacular atmosphere.”
Heart of Hearts will be unveiled today in front of Times Square’s iconic red steps at Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets.
Previous years for the Valentines Day installation have also proved romantically fitting.
In 2015, Brooklyn-based design studio Stereotank created HeartBeat – an engagement sculpture that featured “a massive heart glowing to the rhythm of a strong, deep and low-frequency heartbeat sound”.
Visitors were encouraged to move around the sculpture, playing various percussion instruments on it to prompt warm light movement.
And in 2014, there was of course Young Projects’ Match-Maker – an interactive installation that aims to cosmically connect prospective lovers via a design inspired by the zodiac.
The heart-shaped sculpture featured 12 viewing points and encouraged visitors to find their astrological match by merely peering through a periscope.
“…Colourful, interwoven periscopes provide glimpses of each viewer’s four most ideas astrological mates, offering potentially novel connection between lonely souls or settled lovers,” Brian Young, principal of Young Projects said at the time.
But for this year, Manhattan can find their way into a booth at Heart of Hearts have created little space to engage in golden kiss.
The installation will remain on view through March 6.