Tuesday, June 05, 2007

For the Love of God

Damien Hirst's diamond skull is a life-size cast of a human skull in platinum, covered entirely by 8,601 VVS to flawless pavé-set diamonds, weighing a total of 1,106.18 carats.

Hirst continues to explore the fundamental themes of human existence – life, death, truth, love, immortality and art itself. Hirst is pushing a concept known so it seems since ancient times:

It did remind me of the Jericho skulls. Jericho is the oldest known city, 8500-7500 BC. and only in the 50's, a huge discovery was Jericho's plastered skulls - it was a replications of the deceased sculpted onto the skull. It was an ancestor-worship. The residents of Jericho buried dead family members under floor of household.

Damien Hirst. For the Love of God 2007 Platinum, diamonds and human teeth6 3/4 x 5 x 7 1/2 in. (17.1 x 12.7 x 19.1 cm)

‘The skull is out of this world, celestial almost’ writes the distinguished art historian Rudi Fuchs. ‘It proclaims victory over decay. At the same time’, Fuchs continues, ‘it represents death as something infinitely more relentless. Compared to the tearful sadness of a vanitas scene, the diamond skull is glory itself’. read more

This skull from the site of ancient Jericho is covered with molded plaster and has eyes of shell.

via thingsmagazine


orangeguru said...

I am wondering what the previous 'owner' of the diamond skull would say about this 'art'?!

Most religions are death cults anyway, so it's no surprise we have this in art as well. I am actually surprised that we don't have MORE deadish art ...

Moon River said...

you are avoiding the simple fact, that us human are preoccupied in various levels of our consciousness and sub consciousness in our own death and our fear of perishing one day - art is almost "built in" reflex for thousand of years now that helps us cope - and this Dear I've learned from the excellent BBC series you've sent me your self! :)
"How Art made the World"

orangeguru said...

Harhar. I should stop educating you. Miss Smartypants!

Moon River said...

i rather like the educational referances you let me Darling, i keep them very close to my heart :)