If you missed your chance to see Heartwalk, a heart-shaped pavilion made from Hurricane Sandy-salvaged wood, while it was in Times Square, you can still catch it while it's at its new location. The expressive sculpture now sits proudly on the Pearl Street Triangle in DUMBO, Brooklyn, where both visitors and locals have been having a ball stepping into its warm embrace. The pavilion will be on display at this location until April 30th.
The project was spearheaded by the DUMBO Improvement District and Situ Studio, in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). Situ Studio was originally commissioned to create the piece for Times Square, where it greeted thousands of visitors last month.
“We’re so thrilled to host Heartwalk,” said Alexandria Sica, Executive Director of the DUMBO Improvement District. “As DUMBO continues to get back on its feet from Sandy, Heartwalk is a beautiful reminder of all of the support and love that embodied this community in the aftermath of the storm. Remarkable public art. Created locally. With a message of post-Sandy hope and healing. I’m calling it a DUMBO Trifecta!”
DUMBO, known for its romantic feel, scenery and arts community, was hit hard by the hurricane with more than a dozen businesses and art spaces (and families as well) facing over $4 million in damages. The community gathered together for neighborhood clean-ups and in conjunction with the DUMBO Improvement District, were able to raise $60 thousand in grants to repair small businesses and art spaces.