We've featured lots of cool pieces of transforming furniture here on Inhabitat, but it's pretty rare to see them in the public realm. That's why we were excited to hear that Brooklyn-based design firm Stereotank will be turning their public "Heartbeat" sculpture into a "Heartseat" for Armory Arts Week. The giant red heart was erected earlier in the month in Times Square in honor of Valentine's Day, but now the piece will be transformed into seating where passersby can rest their tired feet from March 3rd to March 8th.
“We are very excited to extend the life of HeartBeat by transforming it into HeartSeat, a public seating sculpture that, after its time in Times Square, will become part of a public space in New York,” said Stereotank architects Sara Valente and Marcelo Ertorteguy.
The original Heartbeat sculpture was the winner of the Times Square Alliance and the Architectural League of New York’s annual Valentine Heart design competition and has been engaging visitors to Times Square with its interactive drums since the beginning of February. Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, the installation will be rearranged to form a public bench for Armory Arts Week.
“Physically and conceptually, the idea of ‘opening’ the heart of Times Square to provide public seating delightfully expands the program of the Times Square Valentine Heart to engage and even embrace the public,” said Anne Rieselbach, Program Director of The Architectural League of New York.
See more images of HeartBeat on our Flickr stream!