HeartSeat transforms water tank into sculptural plaza seating

March 23, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Photo courtesy of the DUMBO BID

Times Square Installation Finds Second Home in DUMBO’s Pearl Street

HeartSeat, a bold sculptural seating element made from a re-purposed water tank, can now be seen (and sat on) at the Pearl Street Triangle in DUMBO through May 1.

Created by Brooklyn-based design studio Stereotank, founded by architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, HeartSeat was originally commissioned for the juried Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, where it greeted thousands of visitors last month first as a heart-shaped participative installation and then transformed into the current public seating element.

“After this drab winter, HeartSeat brings a bold, welcome splash of color to our public space,” said Kristin LaBuz, director of marketing and events at the DUMBO Improvement District.

This is the third year that DUMBO has offered a second home for winners of the Times Square Valentine Heart Competition. DUMBO hosted Situ Studio’s Heartwalk, a glowing 30-foot installation made from Superstorm Sandy-salvaged boardwalk wood, in 2013 and Young Architect’s zodiac-inspired Matchmaker sculpture, in 2014.