Love in Times Square: We Were Strangers Once Too

Posted on Jan 31, 2017

February 7, 2017 – March 5, 2017

Times Square Art announces the winner of the 2017 Times Square Art Installation

The Office for Creative Research has won this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, curated by the Urban Design Forum. For the past nine years, the Times Square Alliance has invited architecture and design firms to submit proposals for a romantic public art installation in Times Square celebrating Valentine’s Day. This year’s winning design, We Were Strangers Once Too, will be unveiled on February 7, and will remain on view for approximately one month at Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets and a few feet away from TKTS and the Red Steps.

“We Were Strangers Once Too is a public data sculpture highlighting the role that immigrants have played in the founding, development, and continued vibrancy of New York City. Data from the 2015 American Census Survey takes visual, sculptural form in 33 metal poles, inscribed and hued to represent the national origins and shifting populations of foreign-born NYC residents. As visitors travel around the sculpture to a designated observation point, their perspective shifts until the individual color blocks of red and pink resolve into an iconic heart.”

Contact a Discover New York Destination Specialist to create a custom itinerary to see the wonderful outdoor public sculpture in all five boroughs New York City!


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