MAA member Eleanor Crook was commissioned to make two sculptures for the newly reopened Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. The first is a wax sculpture of a mitral valve replacement operation, and the second is a bronze with oil painted organs, of keyhole gall bladder removal, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
The Mitral Valve Replacement operation carries thetitle:
So fine a gate you made in me,
That life pours through,
Without the soul escaping.
Above is the bronze sculpture of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy operation - keyhole gall bladder removal.
The cutaway shows all the organs and they're not wax - they are oil painted bronze. Eleanor says that painting this felt like painting through a letterbox!