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Originally conceived in 2004, HEAL is a stainless steel structure in the word form seen at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. It stands at an angle, on a large concrete square which is aligned but not quite in sync with the adjacent paving. Looking up at the austere structure, the word is in reverse and unintelligible, but looking down, the shadow of the word is projected on the pavement below, moving and changing throughout the day with the path of the sun. It is precisely fabricated, rectangular, hard and impersonal, but on one of its supports is a small, curved sculptural basin where a valve can be pushed and a small spout of water provides a cool drink. Miroslaw Balka, its creator, aims to heal the human body.

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