24 July 2012
‘Precious Moments’ is one of a series of diamond cabinets Hirst first unveiled at the ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’ auction at Sotheby’s in 2008. Neat rows of shining cubic zirconia are laid out carefully on the stainless steel shelves of the locked cabinet. Explaining the appeal of the stones, Hirst has stated: “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.” Hirst has explored the dual nature of diamonds repeatedly over the last decade, including depicting them in ‘fact’ paintings such as ‘Mouawad Splendour’ (2007), and most famously with the iconic diamond encrusted skull, ‘For the Love of God’ (2007).
To view a timelapse film of the installation of the cabinet, please visit the Live Feed.
The live studio feed will now follow the fabrication of a new painting in the ‘Entomology’ series, in which thousands of insects are placed in geometric patterns into household paint, a technique previously used by Hirst with the butterfly wing ‘Kaleidoscope’ works.
 Damien Hirst cited in ‘Epiphany: A Conversation with Damien Hirst’, Hans Ulrich Obrist, ‘End of an Era’ (Other Criteria/Gagosian Gallery, 2012), unpag.