‘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