Times Square’s New Heart Formed with Salvaged Hurricane Sandy Debris

A sweet yet meaningful new art installation was recently unveiled in Times Square. Brooklyn-based design firm Situ Studio created Heartwalk, a heart-shaped enclosure made from boardwalk boards salvaged from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Collected both from New York and New Jersey, the boards form a slatted construction that lifts from the ground and is illuminated from within. Visitors are encouraged to enter the installation and literally stand in the heart of the city.

Situ Studio took inspiration from the collective experience of Hurricane Sandy and the love that binds people together during difficult and trying times.

This is the fifth year that the Time Square Alliance has put out a call to architecture and design firms to submit proposals for a romantic public art installation celebrating Valentine's Day in Times Square. Remember last year’s BIG beating heart? Heartwalk will remain on view until March 8, 2013. If you happen to visit, make sure to snap a photo on Instagram and use the harshtag #hearwalktsq. You could be featured in their online gallery!

Heartwalk website

December 6, 2016

Elegant Floral Tattoos Mimic Delicate Pencil Sketches

Delicate and detailed, the tiny floral tattoos of Toronto-based artist Lindsay Asselstine are whimsical works of art. Asselstine—who goes by Lindsay April on social media—is known for her simple, sketch-like style and nature-inspired pieces, ranging from miniature portraits of pets and animals to dainty depictions of flowers and foliage. As an artist at Toronto’s Golden Iron Tattoo Studio, April is often commissioned for her expertly executed flora-and-fauna creations.

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December 6, 2016

Japanese Man Masters the Gravity-Defying Art of Stacking Coins

Japanese Twitter user @thumb_tani (aka Tanu) has mastered the art of balance. He uses his keen sense of equilibrium to create small, fascinating sculptures from carefully-positioned coins. Although many of us have probably attempted this same sort of coin stacking, Tanu takes these arrangements to a whole new—and totally epic—level. Using a variety of denominations, Tanu creates intricate structures that range in shape and size. Often, he’ll first build a strong base using staggered coins.

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