Sculpture Now Installed at MUSC College of Dental Medicine

Features One-of-a-kind Sculpture Made by Local Artist Daniel Miner


CHARLESTON, S.C. — April 9, 2015 — Nearing 7 feet tall and 400 pounds, a one-of-a-kind stainless steel sculpture has been installed directly outside of the MUSC Dental Clinics building on Bee St. in Charleston, SC.

The South Carolina state tree, the Sabal Palmetto, hosts the official emblem of dentistry at its core in this original sculpture gifted to MUSC College of Dental Medicine by the Class of 2014. Featuring the shape of South Carolina as its base and a brass inlay signifying MUSC’s location, the details of this piece pay tribute to its home. 

Honoring the Greek god of medicine, the dentistry emblem reflects Asclepius’ staff entwined with a single serpent, accented with branches of 32 leaves and 20 berries, representing the number of permanent and primary teeth. The intersecting triangle and circle represent the Greek letter Δ (delta) for the D in Dentistry, and the Greek letter Ο (omicron) for the O in Odont. The official color of dentistry flows through the background in hues of lilac.

Created by artist Daniel Miner of Miner Metal, this sculpture is constructed of repurposed 1/4 inch stainless steel and uniquely engineered to honor each feature. As the focal point, the dentistry emblem is layered for dimension. Wrapped and stretched, the serpent snuggly holds its grip around Asclepius’ staff that finds its fit against the Delta and Omicron letters, which fold within each other to gain strength and structure. Color and texture are achieved through application of heat.

Miner is local to the Charleston area and much of his work depicts the Lowcountry’s diverse animals, seascapes and landscapes. Miner also creates custom designs, including business signs, private commissions and unique hitch covers. Each piece is an original interpretation that transforms repurposed steel into detailed sculpture.

Miner’s artwork is available for purchase in the Charleston City Market, The Charleston Angler stores, Sewee Outpost, and other local venues, as well as by custom order via His work was recently displayed in the Salvage for our Seas exhibit at the South Carolina Aquarium, with a portion of the proceeds directly supporting conservation and education programs at the Aquarium. 

Miner Metal is registered under the license Miner Metal, LLC.