Heartless: Pulse of the City Interactive Art Installations Damaged, Stolen
The art project was installed less than a week ago.
Have a little heart, Boston.
In less than a week after the new â€śPulse of the Cityâ€ť art installationsâ€”heart-shaped structures that play tunes to the beat of peoplesâ€™ pulses when they place their hands on themâ€”were set up in five locations around Boston, one was destroyedÂ and another was stolen.
But the artist who brought the innovate project to the area isnâ€™t upset, and said he is working on replacing the damaged and lost hearts, and reinforcing the other installations so they donâ€™t go the way of their counterparts. â€śWe have already started remedying the situation,â€ť said San Francisco-based artist George Zisiadis. â€śWe created the pieces to give joy to the city of Boston, and the public, and thatâ€™s the response we have been seeing. Boston has always been one to get back on its feet, and we want to be part of that process.â€ť
The hearts are set up at Christopher Columbus Park in East Boston at Maverick Square, at the Dorchester Ashmont Station in the Longwood area, andin front of the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center Â in Roxbury.
Outfitted with copper plated handles, when people grab ahold of the device, it senses their pulse and creates a one-minute musical performance.
Zisiadis, a Harvard grad, said the damaged hearts were just a â€śhiccup,â€ť and the city is working diligently to get them up and running again. â€śWhat we are doing over the next week is we are taking all of the units and doing structural welding along the base of the connection, and after that they should be really good to go,â€ť said Zisiadis. â€śItâ€™s just simply the reality that anytime you are trying to create a complex piece of art to withstand the public and environment things are going to happen.â€ť
Zisiadis said it was unclear as of now how much it will cost to fix them. Each heart is hand made by a team of artists, he said.
He expects that they will be installed and reinforced in the next two weeks. â€śThe mayorâ€™s office has been incredibly supportive [of the project]. Everyone just really wants to make this work,â€ť said Zisiadis.
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