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Art May, 20 2014

Damien Hirst Gilds Woolly Mammoth Skeleton in “Gone But Not Forgotten”

Damien Hirst returns to his natural world works with this latest creation. Entitled ‘Gone But Not Forgotten,’ a three-meter tall woolly mammoth skeleton has been gilded in gold, placed inside a steel and glass case. Hirst describes “it’s such an absolute expression of mortality, but I’ve decorated it to the point where it’s become something else, I’ve pitched everything I can against death to create something more hopeful, it is gone but not forgotten.” Donated to AIDS charity amfAR for auction, expected to fetch millions, see more in the gallery.

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