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Anyone who has a Heart

Anyone Who Has a HeartAn innovative light sculpture is being switched on at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on Monday 17th October at 5.45 pm. 'Anyone who has a Heart'  was made by artists Andrew Small and Steven Almond and was commissioned by Lime arts and the Trust through a special arts programme allocation from Charitable Funds.

The sculpture aims to catch attention through its form, textures and movement, giving a sense of fun and playfulness for all ages.  When you approach the sculpture walk around it to trigger the light display then hold onto the stainless steel hand grips. There are electrodes embedded in the handgrips that monitor your heart rate and translate that into a red light display synchronised with your pulse.

It can also tell you the time as every hour the sculpture turns into a clock. The sequence is explained on the floor panel. The work also uses control devices that can be updated and changed as the technologies develop.

The idea was to make an iconic work fitting the function of a hospital whilst being engaging and interactive for all ages.

Artist Andrew Small said: "A hospital is more than just a building; it is a living machine and a machine for living. The work as a whole alludes to a simple, precious and fascinating human commonality: the beat of the heart."

The switch-on will take place at dusk when the iconic artwork will be illuminated and particularly striking.