Elaine and Jim
How was Sacred Heart made?
The heart was carved from a solid board of purpleheart, which is a hardwood originating from South America. This wood was chosen for it colour and the play on its name with the theme of the work. The profile was cut on a bandsaw and roughly shaped with chisels before the back was cut again on the bandsaw to relieve the section of wood for the pivoting back. The piece was fully shaped on the outside with chisels and sandpaper before the centre was carved and shaped for the left and right ventricles. A small hinge was made with a stainless steel pin and a brass sleeve, which was carefully drilled, glue and fitted to the box. The box has a patina finish from the oils in the hand. No other finishes were applied.
- Describe how Sacred Heart feels in your hand.
- Design a container for something that you use every day. Make the outside relate to what’s kept inside.
- Find out how a human heart works. Does the real thing look like the
heart shape with which we are familiar?