Hirst Killed 9,000 Butterflies

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 02:  Live butterflies sit in a bowl of fruit in an installation 'In and Out of Love' by Damien Hirst in the Tate Modern art gallery on April 2, 2012 in London, England. The Tate Modern is displaying the first major exhibition of Damien Hirst's artworks in the UK, bringing together the collection over 70 of Hirst's works spanning three decades. The exhibition opens to the general public on April 4, 2012 and runs until September 9, 2012.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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    In a particularly messy piece of artistic metamorphosis, the Tate Modern in London revealed that 9,000 butterflies died during the 23-week run of a work by artist Damien Hirst. Titled In and Out of Love, the work featured live butterflies, some of which inevitably died and were replaced over the artwork’s run in batches of 400 a week. A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals condemned the loss of butterfly life, saying that there “would be a national outcry if the exhibition involved any other animal” and that butterflies “deserve to be treated with kindness.”

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