Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the “Open Heart” sculpture in downtown Haddonfield
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the “Open Heart” sculpture in downtown Haddonfield on Feb. 14. Take a selfie with your loved one — partner, kids, families, friends and pets — and enjoy chocolate, donuts, and much more. Get engaged, get married, or renew vows — rain, snow or shine.
Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust (HOST), a nonprofit art organization committed to bringing accessible outdoor art to the Borough of Haddonfield, is centering the day’s activities at “Low-Poly Open Heart,” the bright red laser-cut aluminum sculpture by artist M.L. Duffy, located near the Tanner Street intersection at 115 Kings Highway East — one of more than 20 sculptures around town.
Post your photos and tag at #HOST08033 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and get treats courtesy of Duffy’s Fine Chocolates from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. while they last. For more fun, post your photos with tags @HOST08033, @HaddonfieldDonut and #IHeartHaddonfield to receive a gourmet donut for only $1 at the Haddonfield Donut Company around the corner at 14 Tanner Street from 7am-6pm that day.
Looking for something more formal? Mayor Neal Rochford will be available to perform marriages and vow renewals from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at “Open Heart” (NJ marriage license in hand obtained at least a week prior) or to congratulate couples downtown for a Valentine’s Day engagement or other special occasion.
“These events, coupled with Downtown Haddonfield’s wealth of dining and shopping options, make Haddonfield the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day,” says Stuart Harting, HOST Chair. “We invite everyone to enjoy the beauty of these sculptures — all free!”
Since its installation last year, “Open Heart” has become a popular selfie location, along with all of the other sculptures all around town, including the newest, “Ballerina.” The nonprofit public/private outdoor art initiative has populated downtown Haddonfield with more than 20 rotational, contemporary outdoor sculptures since 2015.
Most sculptures are available for purchase for private or public use. The Trust receives no public funds and is funded through private and corporate donors. Learn more about HOST and see all sculpture locations at www.haddonfieldsculpture.org and on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @HOST08033