Artist Kills 9,000 Butterflies But That's Nothing Shocking

damien hirst"The Physical Impossibility of Death"9,000 butterflies. That's a lot of butterflies to sacrifice in the name of art, and if you've never heard of Damien Hirst, the fact that he killed at least that many of the winged insects for a recent exhibit might shock you. If you have heard of Damien Hirst, on the other hand, you're probably not shocked in the slightest, given how many animals have lost their lives to become highly controversial installations displayed in some of the world's top galleries and museums. What's another 9,000 creatures?

Is it sad? Yes. Is it art?

Well, like Andy Warhol once said, "Art is what you can get away with."

Here are some of the most shocking pieces Damien Hirst has gotten away with:


1. "A Thousand Years" Representation of the life cycle featuring flies, maggots, a cow's head, sugar, and water.

2. "This Little Piggy went to Market, This Little Piggy Stayed Home" Comprised of a split pig carcass floating in formaldehyde.

3. “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" A tiger shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde.

4. "For the Love of God" A life-size platinum skull set with 8,601 high-quality diamonds and real human teeth. Sold for roughly $80 million dollars.

5. "The Golden Calf" A dead calf in a tank of formaldehyde with gold-plated horns and hooves.

6. "Two F**king and Two Watching" Featuring a rotting cow and bull, banned by public health officials in NYC.

Warhol was a genius.

Do you think it was okay to kill 9,000 butterflies in the name of art?


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