Concrete Hearts of Manhattan

In poetic gesture of looking for love, Concrete Hearts of Manhattan is an artistic journey to find and document the symbolic hearts of lovers inscribed in the cement sidewalks of New York City and to uncover their hidden love stories.

Have you carved a concrete heart? Share your love story!

Art conceived and produced by Meg Lyding. Video filmed and edited by William Heuberger,

Song written, produced, and performed by Meg Lyding

Concrete Hearts of Manhattan: A Love Story is a short film set to original music documenting my search for love as seen through the hundreds of hearts carved in the concrete, the hidden love stories written in the streets.

A wet concrete slab is initially available as a sort of canvas before transforming into a public walkway. Someone eventually marks the pristine surface. A large percentage of these markings are declarations of love. A heart is placed at your feet and the sidewalks become a lover’s walk of fame. Whether only a memory or still pulsing with life, in a way, I wish to rescue the hearts from the sidewalk, resuscitate their intention, and give them new life in the photographic image, bringing to light their hidden love stories.

Have you carved a heart, your name, or initials as a declaration of love in the cement sidewalks of New York City?

Please contribute your love story (whether romantic, friendship, or familial) to an art project about the hidden love stories on the sidewalks of Manhattan.

Greenwich Village

18 miles walked

163 Hearts found

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East Village

38 miles walked

614 Hearts found

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West Village

36 miles walked

372 Hearts found

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10 miles walked

78 Hearts found

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About the Artist

Meg Lyding

Meg Lyding is an artist and musician whose work looks at love, intimacy, and finding self-love, as well as harnessing the creative process for personal growth and the therapeutic benefits of creative expression. She received her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design and has participated in exhibitions in both NYC as well as internationally including the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China, the Head-On Photography Festival in Sydney, Australia, and the Indian Photography Festival in Hyderabad, India. In 2014, her work was included in a photography and poetry book entitled Love + Lust, published by Open to Interpretation. As a musician, Meg has a background in piano, voice, songwriting, and music production. She also works therapeutically with sound and music as a sound practitioner utilizing a variety of instruments and the voice.

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