We Were Strangers Once Too, designed by the Office for Creative Research, is an ode to immigrants, takes its name from a 2014 address by President Barack Obama on immigration, and uses data to represent all the different places NYC’s immigrants come from. These red and pink metal poles are inscribed and hued to represent the national origins and shifting populations of foreign-born NYC residents. From a particular observation point, these poles come together to represent a heart.

 

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