damien hirst at chatsworth house
 
damien hirst at chatsworth house
sep 19, 2011

damien hirst at chatsworth house

‘legend’ (2011) and ‘myth’ (2010) by damien hirst at chatsworth house in derbyshire, united kingdom above image courtesy the BBC

two new sculptures by english artist damien hirst is currently on display at the chatsworth house until 30 october, 2011. entitled ‘legend’ and ‘myth’, the sculptures depict a winged horse and unicorn that have been flayed down their middle to expose the visceral musculature and bones beneath.

standing on individual platforms, the mythical creatures face away from one another to reveal their insides in opposite directions. the fantasy aspect of the animals is visually debunked by putting on display their and anatomy and inner workings. hirst says, ‘in a way, science brings religion down to earth and to cut open mythical creatures and expose them as no different to mortal horses is somehow still magical. it’s kind of like exploding a myth to make it real.’

the pieces are a part of ‘beyond limits’, an annual exhibition which takes place at chatsworth house.

damien hirst at chatsworth house ‘legend’ (2011) by damien hirst image © lesley

damien hirst at chatsworth house front view image © lesley

damien hirst at chatsworth house detail image © fatlava1

damien hirst at chatsworth house image © fatlava1

damien hirst at chatsworth house image © fatlava1

damien hirst at chatsworth house ‘myth’ (2010) by damien hirst image © countysuper4

damien hirst at chatsworth house image © lesley

  • plinth??? who gives a damn a bout the plinth??? I mean, hello, they are jkust AMAZING! Love these

    RAFSTER
  • out standing in its field !

    Sme
  • Plinth or not plinth… I think is very chic and elegant!

    Dario
  • Perhaps the thin quality of the plinths is contrived. As he said, the idea is to bring the mythical figures downt to earth and by having a rather narrow plinth that indeed brings a sense of fragility, thus making the figures appear less majestic. Beautifully executed!

    ArtCrit
  • the cornice on the plinth huh?

    moron

    dbkii
  • at least they’re not gold… or are they?

    craig
  • Yes, the plints are definitely out of scale.

    Niels
  • Not his biggest fan but these are beautiful.

    Carl
  • Love it! And flushed Bill’s remarks down the drain, such pointless criticism…

    john
  • The cornice on the plinth seems underscaled. Plinth in general feels pretty weak.

    bill

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