Size: 30 x 45 inches
This poster depicting a giant red heart adorning the top of One Times Square-the geographic center of New York City-epitomizes the spirit of "I Love New York" born during the festive, fervent mayorship of John V. Lindsay. Lurker's ultimate hope was to paint his valentine to the city as a mural on the tower's white marble facade. He published this poster as an "in-progress documentary" showing how the work would look at several steps along the way. The poster was sold in city bookstores and souvenir shops, much to the puzzlement of natives and the disappointment of tourists who couldn't find the real deal. Lurker was born in Ulm, Germany, and received his education in Stuttgart, Hamburg and the University of Kansas. Since 1968, he has worked in New York as a sculptor and designer of kinetic works. His reputation has won him commissions from many museums throughout the world including New York's Museum of Modern Art, and his giant play-sculptures were featured prominently on the site of the 1972 Olympics in Munich.