The Jewelry Insider

January 11, 2011

Damien Hirst is an artist known for stirring the pot, but this
latest diamond-clad sculpture might be his most controversial creation yet.

Damien Hirst is an artist who is no stranger to controversy. There’s the 22-ton shark he preserved in formaldehyde and reportedly sold to a hedge fund trader in 2004 for a cool $8 million, and the human skull he covered in 8600 diamonds,
which is now the most expensive contemporary artwork ever created.

His latest blinged-out entry is a baby skull called ‘For Heaven’s Sake’, which is set in platinum and studded with 8,000 pink and white diamonds from the royal jewelers Bentley & Skinner.

The skull will show later this month at the Gagosian gallery’s exhibition space in Hong Kong and is expected to go on display in London later this year. The gallery declined to comment on the price.

But many parenting groups are commenting on the baby skull’s affect on those who have suffered the loss of a child.

Sally Russell, the founder of Netmums, told The Telegraph: “There is so much heartache around the death of a child whatever the circumstances, and it affects parents so deeply and for so long. Mr
Hirst may not have intended to be insensitive with his new work, but the fact is it will have a profound effect on many people who will find the subject deeply disturbing.”

But Hirst’s supporters take a different view:

Jude Tyrrell, the director of Science Ltd, Hirst’s main art-production company, said: “Of course it’s a delicate subject, but this is from an old collection, which we think is Victorian, and they were obsessed with collecting all sorts of bizarre things. I’m a mother, and I do find it slightly odd and
strange to look at, but at the same time quite beautiful.”


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