Fragments of Paradise, 2008



Fragments of Paradise
1833 x 2755 x 100 mm | 72.2 x 108.5 x 3.9 in
Glass, stainless steel, steel, aluminium, nickel and cubic zirconia
Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Solo Exhibition - 2012
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition - 2008
Sotheby’s, London, United Kingdom


“Any great art work or object gives more than it takes. The amazing thing about diamonds is that they take light and throw it back at you, although they seem to throw more light out than they take in […] But they have a dark side as well.”[1]

Hirst unveiled the first series of diamond cabinets at the ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’ auction at Sotheby’s in 2008. ‘Fragments of Paradise’ borrows from the visual format of ‘The Void’ (2000) but replaces the pills with neat rows of shining cubic zirconia.

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Epiphany: A Conversation with Damien Hirst’, Hans Ulrich Obrist, ‘End of an Era’ (Other Criteria/Gagosian Gallery, 2012), unpag.