“At the moment on the 3rd December 1967, that Louis Washkansky’s heart was removed, Professor Christiaan Barnard stared, for the first time, into an empty living human chest cavity. In later accounts of the event he recalls that “at that moment the full impact of what I was doing hit me”. That open chest cavity, came to represent potential, hope, faith and perseverance. It was this notion that inspired Marco Cianfanelli’s suspended sculpture Threshold.”


Completed: 2016

Location: Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town

Photography © Wianelle Briers

© Marco Cianfanelli


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