When the Department of Transportation in NYC issued an RFP for two dimensional artworks in Times Square, it was picturing designs to be painted on the fairly new pedestrian blocks on Broadway.
The artists of [v]vital[ny] in New York envision something greener and much more ambitious. “Kinetic Path, an interlocking, replicable leaf pattern of piezoelectric tiles, will be integrated into pedestrian areas. When walked on, these tiles convert the energy of footsteps into electricity.” This electricity would be used to fuel signs in Times Square, and any additional energy required to run the rest of their project, including a ticket booth and a Sculptural Garden.
Thanks to Jane H. for the tip… Photo of Times Square Toys “R” Us by J.D. Berger