Campus History: History of “the heart man”

By Hayden Welty ’19

Have you ever referenced the statue of “the heart man” in the Dave Brown Mall for a project in a religious class? What are the origins of this infamous statue on the hillrock outside of Brophy Hall?

According to President Ms. Adria Renke, David Cargill, grandfather of Brophy students Daniel Graver ’98, Cleve Graver ’04 and Devon Graver, donated the piece to Brophy in 2000.

Although the statue is often referred to as “the heart man,” Cargill named it “Man for Others” as it portrays the mission of a Jesuit education—to develop young men full of devotion for others.

Three years before donating “Man for Others,” Cargill gave another piece to Brophy named “Letting Go,” which now sits near the Student Activities Center in the Dave Brown Mall. This statue also depicts another integral part of Brophy’s goal: Like Joseph and Mary send Jesus off to preach the gospel(as shown in the statue), Brophy strives to mold adolescent freshmen into responsible adults, ready to head out into the world.

Even more generously, Cargill provided Brophy with another one of his works “The Scourged Jesus.”

It is a bronze bust, which also sits in the Dave Brown Mall. This piece depicts the face of Jesus on Good Friday.

A large body of Cargill’s work occupied a prominent place in the Texas art scene for many years. There are remnants of his outdoor sculpting work throughout the area; most of his art features family and is perfect for public outdoor spaces, like parks.