Heartwalk installation gets a new home in DUMBO

Heartwalk has brought back some more hope to DUMBO.

The 30-foot heart-shaped art installation made from wood salvaged after Hurricane Sandy bore down on the city, flooding businesses and homes along Brooklyn’s waterfront communities, including DUMBO, has been moved from its debut location in Times Square to DUMBO’s Pearl Street Triangle.

DUMBO’s own Situ Studio created the piece at the behest of the Times Square Alliance, with support from the Department Trust for Public Space. It was on display in Time Square from February 12 to March 11, but is now relocated to its new home at the intersection of Water Street and Pearl Street, where it will be on display till April 30.

The beams of wood rise up and join at angles, forming a three-dimensional heart-shaped construction that residents and visitors can walk into and take pictures inside. At night, red lights shine upwards, giving the installation a warm glow.

As the neighborhood continues to recover from the extensive damage wrought by Sandy, DUMBO Improvement District’s executive director Alexandria Sica, voiced her joy at the installation’s new home.

“We’re so thrilled to host Heartwalk,” she said.  “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.”

Borough President Marty Markowitz also chimed in with his approval of the move saying “Brooklynites have enormous heart, and that was never more true than following Hurricane Sandy, when thousands of our residents came to the aid of fellow Brooklynites and New Yorkers. So DUMBO—and all of Brooklyn—is thrilled to open our hearts to the art installation Heartwalk.”

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