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DUMBO Company Designs Giant Heart Sculpture to Help Singles Find Love

By Janet Upadhye | February 7, 2014 10:18am
 “Match-Maker" will be on display in Times Square from Feb. 6 to March 11.
“Match-Maker" will be on display in Times Square from Feb. 6 to March 11.
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Young Projects

DUMBO — Forget OKCupid — this Valentine's Day, a DUMBO design firm is hoping to play match-maker.

Young Projects' latest sculpture — a large heart made of 12 interwoven periscopes representing the zodiac signs — will be on display for lovers in Times Square after winning this year's Valentine's Day design competition.

Viewers who peer through their zodiac sign's periscope in the "Match-Maker" sculpture will see their four most ideal astrological mates at the other end.

"Match-Maker is designed for those who don’t have a Valentine and are looking for love," said designer Brian Young. "You don’t need to create a user profile or sign up online. You simply walk up to your sign station and look in to find your astrological mate."

The sculpture is made of aluminum tubes that are able to withstand weather elements. Each tube varies in length, angle and color. The tubes are "elusive and complex yet symmetrical, changing as viewers experience it from different vantage points."

Match-Maker won the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition and is on display in Father Duffy Square between 46th and 47th streets through March 11.

This is the second year in a row that a DUMBO firm won the competition. Last year, Situ Studio’s Hurricane Sandy-inspired "Heartwalk" was the chosen design.