On Valentine’s Day 2020, love will be declare at the Crossroads of the World. Surprise proposals, weddings and a group Vow Renewal Ceremony on Duffy Square’s iconic Red Steps will all take place near the 12th annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition work. Heart Squared is now residing in Father Duffy Square. The 2020 work is by MODU and Eric Forman Studio’s and features 125 mirrors arranged in the shape of an anatomic heart and tilted in various directions inside a steel frame. You stand on a white mark on the subway grates in order to see the full heart.
“We invite you to engage around you and all the people around you. The work is intended to be simultaneously a kaleidoscope of images, but also to encourage you to take time and spend a moment getting to know the work. If you stand back from it a bit and slow down to find the right spot, you’ll find yourself in the middle. And you’ll see that the outer mirrors create a border of sky, revealing the heart symbol in the reflections,” stated the artist Eric Forman.
Rachely Rotem of MODU added to that stating “This project emphasizes the importance of the horizontal Manhattan- Chaotic, crowded and noisy. We have the freedom to be ourselves amongst others who are different than us. We imagine Heart Squared as an amplifier of this togetherness.”
Heart Squared is made possible by Times Square Arts and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
On February 14, select couples who have dreamed of having their wedding amidst the energy and glimmering lights of Times Square will get hitched in the heart of the city, directly in front of the 12th Annual Valentine Heart, Heart Squared.
Couples who intend to be married in Times Square must follow all New York State laws to secure a marriage license and have to provide at least 2 witnesses on the day of the ceremony.
A select handful of lucky couples, chosen from written submissions, will bring their love to Times Square on the most romantic day of the year and propose to their significant others using one of Times Square’s iconic digital screens, beginning their journey to the aisle at the Crossroads of the World.
Finally at 6pm on February 14, 2020, couples are invited to celebrate romance, passion, and each other in a one of a kind tour-de-love — the Vow Renewal Ceremony, taking place on the iconic glass Red Steps. Couples of all ages and backgrounds will profess their love once again, with a special invitation extended to lovebirds whose kisses bridge boundaries, be they religious, political, racial, or national, as well as couples in wedding attire.
The ceremony will be preceded by a performance from Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen and will conclude by 6:30pm — giving you plenty of time to get a romantic dinner afterwards.