If you're walking along Tompkins Ave. this weekend and see a giant pink television, don't worry — you're not going crazy from the summer heat.
It's actually the outdoor set and broadcast studio of Love TV, a mobile art installation that's part of the DOT's Urban Art Program. Those who register for the casting call online can be chosen to be interviewed by "Aphrodite" and share their stories of great loves they've known and how it's affected their lives.
"Aphrodite" is actually the stage name of Rebecca McIntosh, an Australian performance artist who talks to members of the public on the subject of love on a clamshell-like set. But volunteers shouldn't be nervous about being interviewed by a goddess.
"I look out for my guests," said McIntosh, "The first question I ask is 'Are you in love at the moment?' They might have a story of romance, or be passionate about what they do daily."
"It's endlessly amazing what people will tell me. It's bizarre, because they really will open up, I feel quite humbled by how people will open up."
She started the project in her native Australia and toured a number of locales there before bringing her project to New York. In her travels she's interviewed celebrities as well as the public, and it was one of them who said something she found particularly memorable.
It was actor Rutger Hauer, best-known as the conflicted android antagonist from the classic science fiction film "Blade Runner," who told her, "Love will either feed you, or eat you."
But if you can't make it this weekend, don't worry. Love TV is part of the DOT's Weekend Walks Program and will be visiting all five boroughs over the course of the summer.
For more information or to register for the casting call go to: http://bit.ly/LOVETVinNYC