Prominently displayed in Times Square, Match-Maker is a unique art installation designed to connect perfect strangers, using interwoven aluminum periscopes that highlight the 12 astrological signs. Each periscope offers a potential match for visitors looking through the webbed installation at their cosmically-aligned prospects. Match-Maker, designed by architect Bryan Young, was selected by the Times Square Alliance and the Van Alen Institute as the featured design for this year’s Valentine’s Day heart.
“Van Alen Institute has a remarkable reputation of advancing innovation in architecture and design,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance (source). “Fifteen years ago, they ran the international juried competition that found us the now iconic design of the Red Steps of Duffy Square. This year, they found Young Projects’ “Match-Maker” installation, which will entice visitors to find love in the Crossroads of the World.”
Trojan Powder Coating partnered with Young Projects (of which Young is a principle) to bring the award-winning art concept to life. The company worked with manufacturer Kammetal to provide custom powder coating in various rich shades of merlot, cherry red, coral, and light pink for the aluminum periscopes. The shiny bright hues produce a dramatic effect to the structure, and the sleek periscopes of the installation convey a modern, fresh aesthetic for art lovers — and romantic hopefuls — this Valentine’s Day.
Match-Maker will be on display in Father Duffy Square in Times Square until March 11, 2014.