A giant custom heart sculpture has been donated to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay by Dominique Martinez and his Tampa-based studio Rustic Steel Creations. The heart is outdoors and sits at the entrance of Crisis Center facility off Bearss Avenue. The heart is made of aluminum. It is over 10 feet tall, 8.5 feet wide, and it weighs over 400 pounds.
“The man with one of the largest hearts in Tampa Bay has created Tampa Bay’s largest heart,” said Clara Reynolds, President & CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. “Dominique had an amazing vision for the Crisis Center. His work will serve as a landmark of hope for the community.”
The heart sculpture was a collaboration. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of Alro Metals, Rapid Metal Product, Candy Coated Customs, and RAMCON Towing. I’m honored to be donating this piece to such a worthy organization,” said Dominique. The installation of the heart is the final step in the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay’s facility renovation. Renovation of the Crisis Center started in April of this year.
About the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
The mission of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is to ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone. The organization is the community’s gateway to help, hope, and healing, and is Tampa Bay’s elite provider of crisis and trauma services. Responding to over 160,000 requests for help each year, the nonprofit agency offers a range of evidence-based programs designed to meet community needs:
- Gateway Contact Center (2-1-1: suicide prevention, crisis counseling, and information and referral services)
- Corbett Trauma Center (trauma counseling and sexual assault survivor services)
- TransCare (9-1-1 emergency and mental health ambulance services, medical van transportation)
For more information regarding the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, please visit CrisisCenter.com.