damien hirst at chatsworth house
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.

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

front view image © lesley

detail image © fatlava1

image © fatlava1

image © fatlava1

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

image © lesley

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

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

    john says:
  • Not his biggest fan but these are beautiful.

    Carl says:
  • Yes, the plints are definitely out of scale.

    Niels says:
  • at least they’re not gold… or are they?

    craig says:
  • the cornice on the plinth huh?


    dbkii says:
  • 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 says:
  • Plinth or not plinth… I think is very chic and elegant!

    Dario says:
  • out standing in its field !

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

    RAFSTER says:

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