Sacred Heart

Resilient, bright, subtle.


26" wide x 27" tall x 7" deep.

This metal sacred heart sculpture is made entirely out of stainless steel. I was approached by a friend and asked to create a wall hanging sacred heart sculpture for his partner for the holidays. The sacred heart had been an important image in her family growing up so I grabbed my sketch book and started brainstorming. It was really fun creating the different layers of this sculpture. When designing it I had no idea how the flames would read and was worried that it might look too busy once all the layers were assembled; but after piecing them all together and stepping back to look at it, I am happy with the overall cohesiveness of the piece. My favorite part of this particular sculpture is the grind details in the heart. I achieved this by grinding a mat background first. Then I came and ground in swirling details with another grinding wheel. When complete the different grinds caught the light in unique ways achieving greater depth in the final product. This is something I have played around with before but I feel like this is the most successful application yet! I am excited to work with this technique more in the future.

This sculpture is safe to be kept outdoors!

Metal Sacred Heart Sculpture!

Artist Aiden Dale with his stainless steel sacred heart sculpture.

Closeup of grind detail in metal sacred heart sculpture.

Close up of flames in metal sacred heart sculpture.

Close up of burn details in metal sacred heart sculpture.