It’s best to let the official description from the Times Square Alliance explain it all:
Counting Sheep (2011) by Brooklyn artist Kyu Seok Oh with the West Harlem Art Fund — a 36-foot long installation consisting of a flock of 24 hand-made paper sheep designed to invite people in Times Square “to relax, count the sheep and even doze off a little.”
Looking for a novel way to share your love this Black Monday?
The heart is a ten-foot diameter lightweight construction with an open weave fabric that allows wind to pass through, but still captures and reflects light. The main structure is constructed of aluminum elliptical loops radially arranged with rotating connections. The fabric skin integrates the cross-grain substructure of flexible ribs with the main loops.
Without volunteers, the heart lies flat on the ground. Only when the group lifts up the structure does it become a heart!
Basically, it’s an art installation comprised of red fabric stretched over elliptical steel loops that, when held up, looks like a heart. Happy Valentine’s Day indeed.
No, I’m not talking about the kind you’d see a homeless person take shelter in a back alley in the old Times Square though I say that being far too young to have actually seen a Times Square that looked like that. This was actually a one-day-only installation from Services for the UnderServed (SUS), helping “individuals and families faced with a wide range of challenges—mental illness, developmental disability, physical disability, AIDS, homelessness, unemployment and poverty.” While the cardboard apartment, complete with cardboard furniture like chairs, a desk, and a bed as well as cardboard food, it serves as a stark reminder of how rough some people have it. Sadly, I don’t think enough can ever be done to help all those who need it.