Sacred Heart of Healing

Media - 2001.7A-C - SAAM-2001.7A-C_1 - 64957
Copied Tim Tate, Sacred Heart of Healing, 2000, glass and steel, 1684 in. (40.620.310.2 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist in memory of his mother, Patricia Tate, 2001.7A-C

Artwork Details

Sacred Heart of Healing
1684 in. (40.620.310.2 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the artist in memory of his mother, Patricia Tate
Mediums Description
glass and steel
  • Emblem — heart
  • Allegory — quality — health
Object Number

Artwork Description

Sacred Heart of Healing was one of a series of nine hearts that Tim Tate created as a tribute to his late mother. Each of these hearts was inspired by an aspect of his mother’s personality. In this piece, the tiny drawings within the flame symbolize her love of natural healing. As a further tribute, Tate was persuaded by one of his students to have a tattoo of this piece inked on his arm.

Luce Object Quote

“The images are not only for me and my loss, they’re for anyone who has gone through a heartbreaking death.” Tim Tate, Washington Times, 2003