Aranda\Lasch+Marcelo Coelho’s 12-foot-diameter “Window to the Heart” wins 2018 Times Square Valentine competition

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/re4hy95sqkxuy3o0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/re4hy95sqkxuy3o0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/re4hy95sqkxuy3o0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/re/re4hy95sqkxuy3o0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />In February, New York City's Times Square will have a sparkling new Valentine's Day-inspired installation called &ldquo;Window to the Heart&rdquo; by&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/arandalasch" >Aranda\Lasch</a> + Marcelo Coelho in collaboration with&nbsp;3D-printing manufacturer Formlabs. The team won the commission from Times Square Arts'&nbsp;annual&nbsp;Valentine Heart Design Competition, now in its 10th year.&nbsp;Previous winners include&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5455/2017-times-square-valentine-heart-winner-we-were-strangers-once-too-shows-love-to-nyc-s-immigrants" >The Office for Creative Research</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/4573/collective-lok-s-heart-of-hearts-chosen-as-winning-2016-times-square-valentine-heart-design" >Collective-LOK</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/4120/stereotank-s-heartbeat-wins-2015-times-square-valentine-heart-design" >Stereotank</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/3333/getting-up-close-and-personal-with-the-times-square-heart-design-winning-sculpture" >Young Projects</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/2755/situ-studio-wins-contest-for-2013-times-square-valentine-heart-design" >Situ Studio</a>.
Filled with cameras of various shapes and sizes, Window to the Heart places a 12-foot diameter Fresnel lens — deemed to be the world's largest lens — in the middle of bustling Times Square. The lens, which was designed with Formlabs, will distort and capture Times Square and optically bend light toward the heart-shaped window at the center. Visitors to the installation can peer through the window or take photos of themselves within it. Read on for more about the installation. ...

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