Damien Hurst Art – My Sunday Photo – 8/10/17

Hello everyone. I haven’t been out anywhere this week to take any pictures, so decided that I would look at some old photos for inspiration for my #mysundayphoto post.

I scrolled back to the beginning of my phone picture gallery and found some photos that were taken in almost 7 years ago.

Damien Hurst is one of the few modern artists that I have actually heard of. So when in 2010 he decided to hold a display of his artwork in Gloucester Cathedral I had to go and have a look.

The quality of the pictures I took that day isn’t brilliant as it was an old school phone camera, but I think you will agree there were some quite unusual pieces of work on display. I remember the praying skeleton (it looks like a golden marrow on the altar) caused a fair bit of controversy in the local news at the time.

A model skeleton on its knees praying to an alter

Three large white stones displayed on the grass

A large metal army hat with huge wings sat on a stand made of rifles

A huge metal robot statue stood outside the cathedral

Have you ever seen any of Damien Hursts work? Do you think some of these sculptures are controversial? Did you see the display at the time?

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  1. Neesie

    October 9, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I have to admit that Damien Hurst isn’t my favourite but as you say he certainly causing conversation and controversial opinions. I remember his formaldehyde cows!

  2. Molly

    October 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Love the praying skeleton, what a powerful narrative on the futility of prayer and religion


  3. Andrea @ Topsy Turvy Tribe

    October 8, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Apple interesting artwork. I enjoy a bit of controversial artwork! #mysundayphoto

  4. Anne

    October 8, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I’ve not seen any of Damien Hurst’s work. Is it strange that I find the huge statue in the last photo creepier than the skeleton at the alter?

  5. Baby Isabella

    October 8, 2017 at 7:24 am

    We saw some Damien Hurst pieces at Banksy’s Dismaland a couple of years ago! We love his wit and vision! #MySundayPhoto

  6. darren coleshill

    October 8, 2017 at 8:17 am

    So creative, love art that makes people stop and think

    Thank you for linking up

  7. Sarah Wood

    October 8, 2017 at 7:43 am

    That looks like a great setting for the work, these ones seem to be standing the test of time, I wonder about some of his other work.

  8. Notmyyearoff

    October 8, 2017 at 7:42 am

    The skeleton is quite thought provoking isn’t it? It does reflect a bit of true life. He’s one few modern artists I know about too!

  9. Notmyyearoff

    October 8, 2017 at 7:42 am

    The skeleton is quite thought provoking isn’t it? It does reflect a bit of true life. He’s one few modern artists I know about too!

  10. John Adams

    October 8, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I’ve seen some of his dot paintings but never sculptures. The marrow is relevant as it’s a reference to Harvest Festival I’d say, not hugely controversial. But that’s just me!

  11. Debbie

    October 8, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Hi Tracey, I have never seen any of his works. I do wonder how his mind works though, the praying skeleton is a strange one for sure.


  12. Kate

    October 8, 2017 at 12:32 am

    I can see why it upset some people

  13. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    October 8, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I haven’t seen his work, very different, clearly impactful to store the photos all those years.

  14. Tim

    October 8, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Other than his formaldehyde cows I’ve not seen any of his work in the flesh, so to speak. But the praying skeleton is definitely very strange!

  15. Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays

    October 8, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Disturbing but stunning #aMySundayPhoto

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