Things to see this Valentine’s Day

Eschewing chocolates, hearts and sctratchy lingerie for something more aesthetic.

Love Installations

Love Installations for the BHF
Love Installations for the BHF

The Good Agency and The British Heart Foundation have created Love Installations, two artworks currently spreading love all over London’s Camden and Covent Garden to coincide with Valentines Day and National Heart Month.

The installations of 2m high steel L.O.V.E letters are placed in the London spaces, and people can donate £3 to BHF in return for a red padlock, on which they can write a personal message and attach it to the sculptures.

A brilliant cause, a great idea and a nice artwork? What’s not to L.O.V.E.

Love Installations for the BHF
Love Installations for the BHF

The Love Installations will be in place until 17 February. for more information on the BHF¹s National Heart Month visit bhf.org.uk/nationalheartmonth.

Love Hurts

Zeus, Love Hurts
Zeus, Love Hurts

Artist Zeus’ limited-edition Love Hurts prints are on display in West London’s Graffick Gallery, and offer a slightly bitter, if not wholly unrealistic interpretation of Valentine’s Day. The works on show use reappropriated images of Love Heart sweeties and other saccharine treats, making Street Art into Sweet Art. The gallery is running a special event on the night of 14 February, in which 50 Zeus Graffiti bars of Chocolate will be released – three containing ‘Golden Tickets’, which grant the winner a piece of Zeus’s work. All proceeds from the event will go to Chelsea Children’s Hospital School.

Zeus, Broken Arted
Zeus, Broken Arted

Zeus – Sweet Art is on show until 21 February  at Graffick Gallery, 284 Portobello Road, London W10

Marilyn

Marylin Monroe
Marylin Monroe

Marilyn Monroe and sex appeal are as inseverable in our collective conscience as ‘happy birthday’ and ‘Mr President’. It’s fitting, then, that this siren of the 20th century silver screen is currently being celebrated in photography exhibition, coinciding with Valentine’s day. The Getty Images exhibition offers a candid look at the star, marking 50 years since her death.

Marylin runs until 1 March at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10

 

Marylin Monroe
Marylin Monroe

I Promise to Love You

Tracey Emin, I Promise to Love You
Tracey Emin, I Promise to Love You

‘Every year I send Valentines. This year I won’t have to’, says Tracey Emin. ‘Times Square will do it for me.’

While it’s something of an impersonal Valentines missive, there’s no doubt that Emin’s new neon series, I Promise To Love You, is something of a grand gesture.

I Promise To Love You is comprised of six love-themed artworks, which slowly spell out their message as the pulsing lettering builds into a passionate red, displayed in the wholly apt setting of  New York’s iconic, dazzling Times Square.

According to online digital art platform s[edition], which helped Emin realize the project, the title is ‘her promise to love NYC, as well as individual promises to love one another.’

I Promise to Love You showing on more than fifteen of the largest digital displays in Times Square every night from 11:57-midnight throughout February

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