From my heart, to you: sculpture donation for University cardiovascular appeal

Posted by pt91 at Feb 14, 2011 04:35 PM |
It’s the fourteenth of February, so most of us wouldn’t be surprised to find ourselves in receipt of something suitably heart-shaped.

Most people don’t expect their gift to be made from stainless steel though. Or nearly a metre and a half in diameter.

This is ‘Stranded Heart’ by the internationally-acclaimed sculptor Diane Maclean, which has been donated to the University as part of its Cardiovascular Research Centre Appeal. Our anonymous donor spotted the sculpture in our annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition in the Harold Martin Botanic Garden last year and thought it fitting to bring these two University endeavours together.

The sculpture symbolises the four million pound fundraising appeal for a new Cardiovascular Research Centre (CRC) at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital, and will eventually be installed in the new building.

Each year Cardiac Services at Glenfield Hospital see over 17,000 patients. These harsh facts mean that cardiovascular research is, and will remain, the highest priority for the University of Leicester’s College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHLT).