In 2007 Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral commissioned artist John Collier to design and create bronze statues of the Annunciation and the Tree of Life with the Crucified Christ.
In 2008 the “Annunciation Statue” and “Tree of Life Statue” were installed in the Gardens in front of the Church. Sacred Heart celebrated its first outdoor procession through the garden on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 2008.
The “Annunciation Statue” depicts the angel Gabriel standing on a tree stump informing the Virgin Mary, standing next to a fig tree, that she will give birth to the son of God. The work earned Collier the Design Merit in Visual Arts Award from Faith and Form Magazine in conjunction with the Interfaith Form on Religion, Art and Architecture, a division of the American Institute of Architects.
Parishioners like Diane Kimble and many others have accepted the responsibility of keeping the Gardens in front and around the Church maintained.
The “Tree of Life” sculpture was awarded the Bene Award by Ministry & Liturgy Magazine.