Although the public flogging of women was phased out, the matchmaking component—young men of ancient Rome drew the names of young ladies from jar—continues. Sam Cooke sang about it in Cupid, a catchy and memorable 1961 hit that endures today and spawned at least a dozen covers.
An architect recently picked up where Cooke left off. Using a goodly supply of aluminum tubing, powder-coated in the only conceivable colors, Noah Marciniak came up with a St. Valentine’s Day concept that looks like an iconic heart when viewed from some angles and a tangled mess viewed from others.
Marciniak, a member of Young Projects, added a little twist to the traditions. Rather than rely on the randomness of selecting a name from a jar, he relies on the cosmos to help singles find a good match. The sculpture includes several tubes adorned with the signs of the zodiac and aimed at the heavens, allowing visitors to get an assist from astrology in finding a mate.
Like most projects, this one is a culmination of efforts. Marciniak’s sculpture was assembled by a Brooklyn-based fabricator, Kammetal, and powder-coated in an array of eye-catching shades of red and pink by Trojan Powder Coating, Bay Shore, N.Y.
No word yet on whether the sculpture has helped in any romantic pairings, but it will be on display in Times Square until March 11, so who knows?