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9,000 butterflies die for Damien Hirst's art

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:44 PM

Even by Damien Hirst’s standards it was an unusual artwork – two windowless rooms swirling with live butterflies.

Visitors to the exhibit at the Tate Modern in London observed the insects close-up as they flew, rested, and fed on bowls of fruit.

But whilst the work, In and Out of Love, was praised by many art critics when it featured in the gallery’s Hirst retrospective earlier this year, it has now landed the artist in a row with the RSPCA.

Figures obtained from the Tate reveal that more than 9,000 butterflies died during the 23 weeks that the exhibition was open.

Each week it was replenished with approximately 400 live butterflies to replace those that died – some of them trodden underfoot, others injured when they landed on visitors’ clothing and were brushed off.

http://www.telegraph...-Tate-show.html

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:52 PM

I'd rather see butterflies in the wild.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:56 PM

Vile and appalling. The kind of thing I'd expect from Hurst.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:58 PM

 Atlantia, on 14 October 2012 - 02:56 PM, said:

Vile and appalling. The kind of thing I'd expect from Hurst.
I kill more butterflys than that going to work every day.

...not that I don't like butterflys...I love them...

...but the average lifespan of a butterfly is 17 days...his exhibit was up for 23 weeks...do the math...

Edited by joc, 14 October 2012 - 02:59 PM.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:12 PM

I despise modern "Artists". Like that other twerp, Tracey Eminem. I suppose it makes a "statement" about the vacuousness of modern culture that these twerps receive vast amounts of public funding to make their Statements about whatever it is that they're supposed to be making Statements about.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:19 PM

Art is silly, and in this case, just stupidly vile, to allow animals to die for your 'art'. Bluh.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:39 PM

I like butterflies, it's a shame they're becoming a rare sight here, I think I saw maybe just one or two at most this summer. They don't belong in an art exhibit. At least in the wild they stand some chance of survival even though they have a short lifespan.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:54 PM

 Still Waters, on 14 October 2012 - 03:39 PM, said:

I like butterflies, it's a shame they're becoming a rare sight here, I think I saw maybe just one or two at most this summer. They don't belong in an art exhibit. At least in the wild they stand some chance of survival even though they have a short lifespan.

We planted a butterfly garden.....now we have tons of them.
...but I agree...art is not 'life'...art is a representation of life.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:59 PM

 joc, on 14 October 2012 - 02:58 PM, said:

I kill more butterflys than that going to work every day.

...not that I don't like butterflys...I love them...

...but the average lifespan of a butterfly is 17 days...his exhibit was up for 23 weeks...do the math...

These were butterflies that live in the tropics(not in a windowless room), with a 9mths lifespan ........... please adjust your 'math'.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:00 PM

 joc, on 14 October 2012 - 02:58 PM, said:

I kill more butterflys than that going to work every day.

...not that I don't like butterflys...I love them...

...but the average lifespan of a butterfly is 17 days...his exhibit was up for 23 weeks...do the math...

Really what species, in captivity or the wild?
What species was used here, what is the average lifespan of that species?
Some species in the Uk even hibernate, so where do you get such a broad statement from?
Did you read the article? It says many deaths were caused by those observing.

Edited by Atlantia, 14 October 2012 - 04:06 PM.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:02 PM

Quote: '....... this work represents a throwaway approach to living creatures ......'

Life is all too much ............................................. and not enough.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:19 PM

LOL, he looks like a right ******.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:40 PM

 coldethyl, on 14 October 2012 - 05:19 PM, said:

LOL, he looks like a right ******.

He IS :hmm:

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:46 PM

 coldethyl, on 14 October 2012 - 05:19 PM, said:

LOL, he looks like a right ******.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:31 PM

Didn't Hirst decorate Lance Armstrong's bike with butterfly wings for Armstrong's final TDF victory (itself totally tarnished for other reasons)

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