If you're a Midtowner or East Sacramento resident heading home from work on the J St. "luge", you've probably already noticed the giant Sacred Heart standing outside Artworks 21, a local art and collectibles shop that lays claim to what is likely the most extensive Sacred Heart collection in Sacramento.
Photographer and store owner Trent Harger constructed the enormously cheerful holiday decoration, which stands at approximately 15 feet if you count the bright orange and yellow flames that shoot up from the heart's base. The display's surface is emblazoned with the words "Feliz Navidad," and, although not typically representative of the holiday season, Harger says the traditional Catholic image has been come to known as a symbol of "everlasting love," which we could all undoubtedly use a little more of, especially during the holiday season.
You'll notice Artworks 21's handmade creation is missing its traditional ring of thorns, because, according to Harger, "The thorns represent penance, and I didn't feel we needed to be repentant."
Hallelujah to that sentiment. And if you haven't had a chance to check out "the heart of midtown" yet, swing by the corner of J and 18th streets before January 2, when Harger's landlord will most likely ask him to take it down.
Artworks 21 is located at 1812 J St. in Sacramento. Check out Trent Harger's personal photography at snapshotgarage.net