Highcross and University of Leicester unveil 'Stranded Heart'

Posted by pt91 at Aug 24, 2011 02:55 PM |
An iconic sculpture symbolising the on-going work to build a brand new Cardiovascular Research Centre (CRC) in Leicester will be officially unveiled to the public at Highcross later this week.
Highcross and University of Leicester unveil 'Stranded Heart'

'Stranded Heart' by Diane Maclean. The overall dimensions of the piece are: Height 1400mm, Diameter (widest) 1480mm.

Issued on 23 August 2011

‘Stranded Heart’, which will be unveiled on Thursday August 25, comes to Highcross as the University of Leicester launches the public phase of an appeal to raise the final £1million required to complete and equip a brand new Cardiovascular Research Centre at Glenfield Hospital. The new state-of-the-art £12.6 million research centre will impact radically on both the scale and quality of research and treatment of cardiovascular disease all over the UK. 

The sculpture – by artist Diane Maclean – was kindly donated to the university by a supporter of the appeal to symbolise the pioneering work that will be conducted by the University’s world leading researchers in the CRC. Stranded Heart will remain at Highcross until moving to its permanent home at the CRC.

Jo Tallack, General Manager at Highcross said: “We’re thrilled to be able to house the Stranded Heart sculpture at Highcross. It’s a real honour to be a part of such a worthwhile appeal and to work with the University of Leicester in this way.

“For much of the community, Highcross is considered to be the heart of Leicester, so it seemed natural to house the sculpture here in such a prominent location and raise awareness of the life-saving work supported by the CRC.”

Ave Vinick, from the University of Leicester, said: “Pioneering research that benefits the local community is at the core of our mission and it is therefore appropriate that our appeal has a place in the very heart of Leicester where it can be seen and supported by local people.

“We have been greatly encouraged by the generous support we have received to date from local trusts, community groups and organisations and most notably from the British Heart Foundation, who have made a multi million pound investment in this flagship project for the city and county.

“The CRC will double the amount of high quality laboratory and academic space that will be essential in realising the University’s  bold and novel research vision and will ultimately benefit the many thousands of patients and families whose lives have been affected by cardiovascular disease.” 


For further information, please contact Hayley Longdin or Laura Giles at Grayling on 0121 265 2760 or email hayley.longdin@grayling.com or laura.giles@grayling.com

For more information on the CRC Appeal please contact Ave Vinick at University of Leicester on 0116 252 2176 or email arv4@leicester.ac.uk.

About Highcross Leicester

  • Highcross Leicester opened on 4th September 2008 with a dazzling display of light, music and entertainment, which attracted over two thirds of Leicester’s population, 125,000 people
  • As Leicester’s biggest ever redevelopment project, the £350 million Highcross  development is now one of the most exciting retail dining and entertainment destinations in the East Midlands, boasting:

o    An unrivalled retail mix – led by a four-storey John Lewis department store

o    15 exciting cafes and restaurants, including the world renowned Carluccio’s, Yo! Sushi, Wagamama and the UK’s first Canas y Tapas

o    12-screen Cinema de Lux

o    120 contemporary residential apartments

o   3,000 car parking spaces, 2,000 of which are housed within a new multi-storey car park off Vaughan Way

About The University of Leicester Cardiovascular Research Centre

The University of Leicester is at the forefront of Cardiovascular Research and has a proven track record of research breakthroughs and leading the way in clinical practice.  Hundreds of practitioners and researchers from all over the world come to Leicester each year to learn and train.

The new Cardiovascular Research Centre will facilitate the bringing together of information from patient medical records and data from analysis of their samples on a hitherto unprecedented scale and will significantly improve the prediction, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and impact positively on the health and well-being of the population locally, nationally and internationally. 

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