Damien Hirst’s Map Of Megalopolises With Blades And Hooks

British artist pictures Paris, Washington DC, Baghdad, and other cities with sharp materials on black background.

In the series “Black Scalpel Cityscapes” the famous author of the bisected shark recreates maps of seventeen cities with his typical materials: scalpels, fishhooks, knifes, needles and zips. The maps look like satellite images from a distance, but a closer look reveals the real materials the maps are made from. For instance, Hirst used mazzle (wire hood for champagne), Eiffel Tower statue souvenirs and condoms for Paris; coins with religious thematic for Vatican.

In a video interview with the director of White Cube Gallery in São Paulo, where the exhibition opened, Hirst said that he was inspired by Milton Keynes’ flight over a British city (even though, according to the artist, he wishes he could lie and say that that was a flight over Baghdad). “It’s as you are trying to say something and to deny in the same time what you are saying,” added Hirst.

{ “img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/4d6cae1bc.jpg”, “text”: “Scalpels ” },
{ “img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/b5ea3cd3f.jpg”, “text”: “Baghdad ” },
{ “img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/24caa7bc0.jpg”, “text”: “Moscow ” },
{ “img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/15194364c.jpg”, “text”: “Hollywood” },
{ “img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/e71c9efa7.jpg”, “text”: “Paris ” },
{ “img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/be8c49d71.jpg”, “text”: “São Paulo” },
{ “img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/645108441.jpg”, “text”: “New-York ” },
{ “img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/8b180766d.jpg”, “text”: “Vatican ” },
{ “img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/0e799f9ff.jpg”, “text”: “San Francisco ” }

Photo: citylab.com

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