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Register to Renew Your Vows In Times Square

Register to Renew Your Vows In Times Square

This Valentine’s Day, the Times Square Alliance will host a celebration of love and romance during a large vow renewal ceremony on the iconic Red Steps in Times Square on Thursday, February 14th, at 6:00 PM. The ceremony is free and open to people of all ages, genders, religions, races, and backgrounds.

To register for the vow renewal ceremony, visit www.TSq.org/vows.

As the vow renewal concludes, official Times Square confetti will flutter around the participants.

As the lovebirds renew their vows, they will overlook the winner of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition: “X” by Reddymade, founded by Suchi Reddy – an 18 foot tall structure (the largest and tallest winning design ever selected for this competition) made with two intersecting aluminum planes, creating a passageway and meeting place. Rounded openings at the crossing of the planes combine to form heart shapes when viewed from different angles.

X by Reddymade will be on display in Times Square's Father Duffy Square through February 2019 as part of Times Square Arts' annual Valentine Heart Design competition. (Courtesy Reddymade)

X by Reddymade will be on display in Times Square’s Father Duffy Square through February 2019 as part of Times Square Arts’ annual Valentine Heart Design competition. (Courtesy Reddymade)

Reddymade’s winning proposal symbolizes several thematic concepts that drew the jury to choose it. “One of the things we’ve learned over the years about public art in Times Square is that ideally it should operate on many different levels and have a multitude of meanings,” Tim Tompkins said. “X alludes to Times Square as an X-shaped intersection. It’s also the symbol of a kiss and a nod to the neighborhood’s XXX history. Most relevant today, it’s the mark we make to vote, representing democracy and freedom of choice for the individual.”

Rendering X reddymade

Situated at the Crossroad of the World, X represents a physical expression of love and community, as well as the people who connect in Times Square everyday. (Courtesy Reddymade)

Suchi Reddy, founder and principal of Reddymade, said the focus on justice, diversity, and equality has been top of mind for her firm for several years, so the competition brief spoke to her in particular. “I think this was a really intelligent brief and we wanted to create a tectonic expression that inherently responded to something,” she said. “We love the idea of form following feeling, so we felt very strongly about creating a space people could inhabit and bring their energy to.”

As more people gather, a glowing light will illuminate from the structure, growing brighter as an expression of the power of community and love.

Rendering Isometric Studio Hope

Isometric Studio’s proposal Hope will be on view at the Center for Architecture through November 2. (Courtesy Isometric Studio and AIA New York)

Reddymade’s winning proposal, along with the other invited finalists—Agency Agency, Buro Koray Duman, Isometric Studio, N H D M, Only If Architecture, Splice Design, and STUDIO 397—will be on view at the Center for Architecture through November 2. This is the competition’s first ever exhibition, further democratizing the public engagement process and shining a light on the other design teams and their vision for Times Square.

“There’s always a real struggle in picking out a winning design,” said Tompkins. “We recognize many firms spend time submitting proposals in competitions like this even though they’re invited, so one of the ways they get a return on that investment is having their great work be seen in a space like this.”

X will be displayed in Times Square throughout the month of February. Last year, Aranda\Lasch + Marcelo Coelho installed a 3-D printed lens with a heart-shaped aperture.

For more information, visit www.TSq.org/X.

For more information about Valentine’s Day celebrations in Times Square visit www.TSq.org/Love.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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