'X' Marks the Square

John Hill
4. February 2019
Photo: John Hill/World-Architects

Times Square, that is. The famed New York City intersection is the setting for "X," Suchi Reddy's winning design for the eleventh Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, which is on display until the end of February.

Sponsored by Times Square Arts and the Center for Architecture, Reddy's design was selected in November and fabricated off site before being transported to Father Duffy Square in Times Square. Reddy, head of New York's Reddymade, "felt strongly that the solution must address not only the idea of romantic love that Valentine’s Day has come to signify," as she explains on her website, "but larger expressions of love as it affects our societies and communities." "X" was unveiled on the first day of February; World-Architects stopped by Times Square that evening to see it in place.

The 18-foot tall installation sits at Father Duffy Square, near the intersection of West 46th Street and 7th Avenue, just south of the TKTS booth and its red steps. (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
The two planes,with different colors along their illuminated edges, stabilize each other and invite people to stand in the opening beneath them. (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
Two planes and two intersections: the "X" formed by the angled surfaces shifted slightly relative to each other, and the vertical cylindrical volume cutting elliptical openings into the two surfaces. (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
The openings work together to create a three-dimensional form that changes as one moves around the piece. (Photo: John Hill/World-Architects)
Appropriately, a heart-shaped opening is formed. Here seen when the installation was being fabricated off site, the edges spell out phrases such as "Don't forget the flowers." (Photo: Emanuel Hahn)

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