School: The Archaeology of Lost Desires, Comprehending Infinity and the Search for Knowledge

12 November 2007 – 16 February 2008
Solo Exhibition. Lever House, New York, United States.

Installation view. Photographed by Jesse David Harris. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

The large installation included a series of formaldehyde-preserved sheep carcasses, lovebirds and backwards-running clocks. A focal vitrine work contained two sides of beef amongst other symbolic objects and was inspired by Francis Bacon’s ‘Painting’ (1946). A soundtrack written by Antony Genn and Martin Slattery was included in the installation. Hirst describes the work as “his flock. An installation without any walls, only glass.”[1]

[1] Damien Hirst cited in Carol Vogel, ‘Damien Hirst and Lever House: In New York, a $10 million “School’’’, New York Times, 12 November 2007