Friday, March 7, 2008

When Bling Meets EEK!!! (A Twisted Art Tale)

I've know about this person for quite some time however as of late he seems to keep popping back into my frame of mind. Every time I turn to PBS (yes, I really watch it) or Discovery, he's even made it on to Style Network I see him, meaning Damien Hirst. It seems I missed the boat on this one because this man and his "artwork" (if you can call it that) is all the rage. So of course, I took sometime out to see what all of the fuss was about, turns out he makes some pretty controversial pieces that are supposed to make you think about the flaws of modern society and its necroticism. The only person that seems obsessed with death is him, especially with that of dead animals (he officially made me want to join PETA). He gained popularity off or pieces of art which were nothing more than dead, often maimed, animals preserved in formaldehyde. Now his most recent creation is the one that has garnered a lot of media attention. Apparently he used a real human skull cast in platinum and encompassed it with 8,601 diamonds, the piece is entitled "For The Love Of God." According to reports, it only cost Hirst $12 million to make the piece, but he sold it for nearly $120 million. I'm Sorry but this is definately a case when diamonds aren't a girls best friend (but despite my outrage, I still think this piece pretty cool).

***We would like to thank our friends at Wikipedia for this image.
**If you would like to view more of Damien Hirst feel free to visit his site at the Gagosian
Museum in New York.

*His most gruesome project to date is A Thousand Years, which features maggot hatching's that grow into full grown flies and feast on a severed cow head... EWWWWWW