Cock and Bull, 2012

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Cock and Bull
2012
2310 x 3326 x 1381 mm | 90.9 x 130.9 x 54.4 in
Glass, painted stainless steel, silicone, bull, cockerel and formaldehyde solution
Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Context

To celebrate the opening of Mark Hix’s new restaurant venture in the Tramshed, East London, Hirst specifically created this monumental formaldehyde work. ‘Cock and Bull’ – a Hereford cow and a cockerel preserved in a steel and glass tank of formaldehyde – makes reference to Tramshed's menu which is centred around chicken and beef dishes. The sculpture is elevated above diners in the centre of the 1000 square foot old electricity generating station. The work forms part of the ‘Natural History’ series, Hirst’s seminal collection of preserved animals.