It's A Boy!

10.11.13

Damien Hirst Unveils Provocative Birth Sculptures In Doha

The fourteen giant sculptures are said to represent fetal development, from conception to birth.

Damien Hirst is at it again with provocative work: this time, the artist has unveiled fourteen enormous bronze sculptures in front of the Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar. The series of sculptures, called The Miraculous Journey, narrate the various stages of fetal development, from conception to birth. It ends with a colossal, anatomically correct forty-six foot tall baby boy. The statues (which reportedly cost $20 million) were considered a bold move for Doha, which is considered a conservative Middle Eastern city. But the chairwoman of the Qatar Museums Authority, Sheikha al Mayassa Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, who commissioned the piece three years ago, said she sees them as a way to develop the city into an arts and cultural hub.  [New York Times]

The Miraculous Journey
New installation by British artist Damien Hirst entitled 'The Miraculous Journey', which was commissioned exclusively for the public space outside the new Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar. (Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates, © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013)