The heart of Vancouver will soon be filled with hearts.
Beginning Friday, the streets of downtown Vancouver — and a few other areas across the city — will be adorned with 6-foot-tall fiberglass heart statues, each featuring the work of local artists. Clark County residents and visitors will have until Sept. 16 to tour the town and get a glimpse of the 30 HeArts, as they’re called.
Among them, there’s the heart-shaped artichoke, titled “Heartichoke.” There’s the “Armored Heart,” a deep-red-colored heart with big metal wings sprouting from the sides. There’s the “Water, Soil, Light” heart, hollowed out with a couple of octopus and elephants placed among houses. And there’s the “Velocity” heart that, on one side, shows young boys riding antique high-wheel bicycles and on the other, has men riding modern street bicycles.
“There’s not one that’s like another,” said Anne John, a project organizer and artist.
The project — The Beat Goes On – HeArts of Clark County — is a fundraiser for the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Heart and Vascular Center. Each statue will be auctioned at a gala Sept. 21. The goal is to raise $500,000 to build a new surgical theater.
The new surgical suite will accommodate both minimally invasive procedures, such as placing stents in the heart, and major surgical procedures, such as open-heart surgery. Currently, those procedures are performed in two different rooms, requiring a patient to be moved or medical staff to crowd into a small space, said Connie Kearney, the project chairwoman.