9 October 2013
‘Leviathan’ (2006 - 2013) is a 6.8 metre-long basking shark the artist acquired from the Natural History Museum, London after it was found washed up on a British beach. Stating the shark looked like a ‘monster from the deep’, Hirst titled the work after the mythical sea monster depicted in the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament. Leviathan is also a reference to the seventeenth century British theoretician Thomas Hobbes’ work of social contract theory. Find out more about the works on display at 'Relics' here.
See more of Hirst's Natural History series here.