Monday, December 6, 2010

For the Love of God

So what do you do when you are an artist and your mother says to you "For the love of God, what you are going to do next?"

well... you create this:

Artwork Title: For the Love of God, 2007

Diamond covered platinum skull
Damien Hirst

 
The skull which apparently belongs to a European living between the years of  1720 - 1810. It has 8,601 "flawless" pavé-laid diamonds, weighing in total 1,106.18 carats over a platinum cast covering the entire skull. The teeth, real human. At the center of the forehead, a pear shaped fancy colored diamond.
 
call me old fashion but I think this is about as useful for diamonds as the Victoria Secret Fantasy Bra:
 
Victoria Secret 2010 Fantasy Bra.


Such a waste of good diamonds in my honest opinion.

Back to the skull though, for the first time since it's unveiling you can view this scintillating spectacle at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence till May 2011. Usually, it is kept covered-up and tucked away in a vault somewhere at the request of the insurance company that has insured it's $100 million worth.

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