Anyone who has a Heart
An 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.