Aluminum, Bronze, Brass, Copper, Stainless Steel
14” x 6” x 5”
I built the prototype for this piece as a gift for an old friend recovering from heart surgery, and developed the idea further into what we have here: a mechanical heart that vibrates somewhere between organ and symbol.
I decided that a machine heart could be beautiful, but also serve as poetry for themes that I find interesting. Copper coil blood cycling in and out of metallic arteries, for example, is not so farfetched a concept in a world where prosthesis is commonplace. And the notion of the romantic heart being wound up, switched on, and switched off again is, of course, an essential element of the human story.