Damien Hirst's 60-Foot-Tall, $14-Million Bronze Demon Sculpture Is Coming Soon to a Vegas Casino Poo
When it opened in 2017, conceptual artist Damien Hirsts Venice exhibition, Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable, revealed the product of roughly a decade of work: an inconceivably expensive (costing an estimated £50 to £100 million to produce, per Artnet), massive array of sculptures styled as treasures salvaged from an invented shipwreck. Like much of Hirst's work, Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable was greeted with polarized critical reception: The Evening Standard called it a triumph, while The Telegraph was less generous, referring to the exhibition as a spectacular bloated folly.
Well, it appears that at least two collectors found the show compelling. Hoteliers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, two of the exhibitions original investors, according to the same Artnet story, have acquired Demon With Bowl (Exhibition Enlargement), a 60-foot-tall bronze sculpture of, you guessed it, a demonheadlessholding a bowl, encrusted with barnacles and sprouts of corals. The duo reportedly plan to display the sculpture at a new pool under construction at their Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, where the demon joins other Hirst inventions: Theres already a member of his extensive shiver of tiger sharks preserved in formaldehyde, the focal point of the hotels Hirst-themed Unknown bar.
A representative for the hotel....