Heart Bombs 2017: Creativity Equals Caring
After we put out the call to heart-bomb places you love in your community, enthusiastic preservationists flooded Instagram, as well as our inboxes, with celebrations of historic places all across the country—some threatened, some safe, and some simply in need of love.
Over the next few days we’re showcasing our favorite examples, starting with a roundup of some of the creative, out-of-the-box heart bombs we saw this year.
The time and imagination put into showing love to historic places was truly inspiring, and will no doubt help the cause of preservation going forward. Check out some creative submissions below!
Heart bombing is the act of showing a significant, historic building that it’s loved and has a future. Members of Buffalo's Young Preservationists helped initiate the #heartbomb concept and now it’s spread to Toledo. The Hotel Royal, on Broadway Street, has been recently purchased. Future plans are retail and housing but it will take the new owners a year to get their plans underway. Until then, appreciate the #artdeco appearance designed by Craig Mossing. The silver beads are a shout-out to the You Will Do Better In Toledo sign from our past.
We 💗 Canton Street! #iheartsavingplaces @savingplaces 💗💙💗💜💗💛💗💚💗❤️💗What are heart bombs? They are love letters to historic places that appear at historic sites nationwide, on local landmarks, and around places both safe and threatened. And now that February is soon upon us, we're once again inviting you to join our movement of love and take part in a national heart bomb. Unfamiliar with the concept? It's simple, really. Heart bombing is the act of showering an older or historic place with tangible expressions of affection and devotion—preferably with lots of other place-lovers in tow.