This Valentine’s Day, it’s not just chocolate and roses that are sentiments of lasting love. 3-D design is taking center stage in the form of an illuminated metallic heart sculpture designed in AutoCAD that pays tribute to New York’s Time Square.
Using AutoCAD and Autodesk Maya, New York firm Gage/Clemenceau Architects designed and constructed the 10-foot heart, which weighs more than two tons and is sheathed in highly reflective, molded and laser cut metal sheeting. The design is meant to reflect the lights of Time Square and is lit from inside with sustainable LED lighting.
The “Valentine to Times Square” was commissioned by the Times Square Alliance and will be on display through Feb. 22 in Father Duffy Square (Broadway and 47th Street). There’s a sustainable angle to the heart sculpture as well: The design enables the piece to be recycled for future use in another venue, Autodesk officials say.
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Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
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