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Boston’s ‘Heart’ Stolen One Day After Exhibit’s Installation

By Whitney Burbank, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) – A piece of interactive art from ‘The pulse of the City’ is missing.

Police said less than 24 hours after it was installed, someone made off with a 15 pound metal heart in the city’s North End.

“These days people steal anything that’s not glued down,” said Ed Gregory on a visit to the North End from Weymouth.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Doug Cope reports

The piece plays a unique tune based on your pulse and according to designer George Zisiadis, the goal is to get people on the street to interact with art.

Mayor Menino unveiled the citywide installation on Friday.

“They stole my heart,” exclaimed Menino. “You get a little ticked off that someone would do that.”

According to police, someone snatched the heart from the Atlantic Avenue installation early Saturday morning and now the city is working on getting an upgraded version of the metal organ.

“We’re going to reinforce the one that was stolen and all of the other ones to make sure everyone can listen to their hearts,” said Zisiadis. He said it’ll take a few weeks and about $5,000 to give the installation a ‘transplant.’

“I hope the person would have a change of heart,” said Zisiadis. “Or at the very least, I hope they’re enjoying it.”

According to Zisiadis, the heart will not work unless it is hooked up to this solar panel.

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