Heart to Heart

Project Team: Partner & Partners (partnerandpartners.com) and Annie Barrett (anniebarrett.net)

Heart to Heart is a temporary public sculpture that symbolizes how New Yorkers depend on each other, especially at a moment where opening our our hearts is more important than ever.

Grounded in dual heart-forms facing away from one another at street level, concentric layers of vibrant painted steel tubes lift upward and twist toward one another, resulting in two illuminated hearts resting against one another at the top. The installation creates an intricate sequence of layered spaces that playfully frame and reveal the city through shifting qualities of shadow and moire.

The sculpture then transforms with the incorporation of a unique fundraising approach into the project. Heart to Heart becomes not just a temporary sculpture but also a meaningful action that advocates for underfunded and vulnerable community organizations, affirming them as more permanent public fixtures. It offers an opportunity for a public art project to support a public with small budgets and huge hearts.