• laguna rosso marble
• 26” H x 9” W x 9” D (66cm H x 23cm W x 23cm D)
• private collection, Toronto, ON, Canada
Michael Binkley was commissioned by a patron to create a fine art marble sculpture that she wanted to present to her surgeon as a thank you for performing a life-saving operation on her heart. The situation of the sugery was minutes from death, so the doctor literally saved my patron’s life. She had found Binkley’s website and since she was on a contract in Vancouver, she subsequently called the artist.
After an extensive consultation process, Binkley and the patron agreed on a composition of a female nude rising up from a heart shaped form that was in turn being held by a pair of male hands. The female nude’s arms were raised and held together in a gesture of thanks and prayer. She was emerging up from the heart, representing how the patron felt the doctor’s actions had given her the chance to recover and continue to live. The patron’s totem symbol was a star, which Binkley incorporated as a raised relief on the heart. The hands represented the doctor’s that were symbolically holding her heart, and therefore her life, in his hands. Instead of a representational human heart, the sculptor proposed and gentler traditional Valentine style heart form.
The patron decided upon laguna rosso marble from Turkey as the medium for the sculpture, to represent life-giving blood. Binkley used a high gloss finish for the heart and a matte finish for the remainder of the sculpture, for textural contrast and interest.
The patron was thrilled with the result and reported that the surgeon was very appreciative of the art work and her kind gesture.