Saturday, November 8, 2008


Ah, the beauty of the human form...

Hirst's For the Love of God
“British artist Damien Hirst revealed his latest work of art at the White Cube Gallery in London, June 1, 2007. “For the Love of God” is a life-size cast of a human skull in platinum and covered by 8,601 pave-set diamonds weighing 1,106.18 carats. The single large diamond in the middle of the forehead is reportedly worth $4.2 million alone. Hirst financed the project himself, and estimates it cost between 10 and 15 million. Of course, it will cost someone a pretty penny to own the work: it’s priced at $99 million."

Talk about being a succesful artist! I would really love to touch this piece. I imagine the bumpy, cold texture would feel like touching a reptile. Rijksmuseum spokeswoman Elles Kamphuis said the piece was cast from a skull of a man who died in the 18th century. Hirst bought the skull from a London dealer. (What sort of dealer has bones on hand?) The teeth used in the finished casting are from the original skull.

Kamphuis said the skull will be on display in Amsterdam for six weeks starting November 1.

1 comment:

casserole said...

I'm trying to think of a good response to this, but I'm thoroughly speechless. WOW!