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Heart Be Still- Check out the Heart Shaped Drum Sculpture in Times Square with Your Love

Times Square Arts celebrate lovers each year by commissioning a winning design team to create an interactive Valentine sculpture for Duffy Square. Yesterday, the 2015 sculpture was unveiled, called HeartBeats by Stereotank out of Brazil. Show your love that they make your heart go pitter-patter, by banging on the oversized heart drum! The urban musical instrument is meant to be enjoyed by all- through March 8th.


Times Square Arts unveiled today the winner of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design. Created by Brooklyn- based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank, HEARTBEAT will remain on view through March 8th at Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets. This is in partnership with The Architectural League of New York. Support provided by ARUP; lighting design by Stephanie Hillegas (ARUP); Sound and Interaction Design by Terence Caulkins (ARUP).


On hand for the unveiling to test the percussive nature of HeartBeat were six members of the group Mantra Percussion, who has been praised by The New Yorker and Time Out New York.

HEARTBEAT is a heart-beating urban drum. This engagement sculpture consists of a massive heart glowing to the rhythm of a strong, deep and low frequency heartbeat sound and visitors are encouraged to move around and engage with it by playing various percussion instruments and joining the base rhythm of the heartbeat. The audience is invited to come together and creatively play, listen, dance and feel the vibrations of the heart while enjoying the warm pulsating light. In the emblematic, active, flickering atmosphere of Times Square, HeartBeat orchestrates multiple rhythms into a unique urban concert.


HEARTBEAT is equipped with various percussion instruments. Each drum has unique sounds and resonant characteristics. Membranes of different sizes and materials such as synthetic snare skin, synthetic snare skin with coil, animal hide, and hard plastic are used to create a variety of drum timbres.
Photographs by Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts

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