Damien Hirst’s 18 meter bronze demon is possibly on his way to London

Damien Hirst’s demon in his original habitat, Palazzo Grassi in Venice in 2017.SABINE GLAUBITZ / PICTURE-ALIANCE / DPA / AP PICTURES

The Art Newspaper reports that property developer Knight Dragon plans to install Damien Hirst’s 18-foot-tall bronze sculpture Demon with bowl (2014) at London’s riverboat by the Thames on the Greenwich Peninsula pending a building permit. Knight Dragon is leading the multi-billion pound redevelopment of the area, which was once the site of Europe’s largest gasworks and is now home to the O2 Arena.

Demon with bowl is part of Hirst’s Treasures from the wreck of the incredible series and was first presented in the courtyard of the Palazzo Grassi during the 2017 edition of the Venice Biennale. The artist created a fictitious origin for the works and said they were discovered by divers in an old shipwreck off the coast of East Africa. Some are clad with beams, while others have been “preserved”.

It will join three smaller sculptures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable series on the peninsula: Hydra and Kali, Mermaid and The Divers. The Hirst sculptures are among several on the peninsula by artists including Antony Gormley, Gary Hume, Richard Wilson, Thomson & Craighead, Alex Chinneck and Allen Jones. They are part of the public sculpture trail The Line




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