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Hirst's golden mammoth on display at Faena Hotel Miami Beach

8 December 2015

'Gone but not Forgotten' (2014) is installed at the new site ahead of the opening of Faena Forum in 2016.

'Gone but not Forgotten' installed outside the Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Image courtesy Faena Hotel
Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2015.

Hirst's 'Gone but not Forgotten' (2014) – the gilded skeleton of a three-metre tall woolly mammoth – is currently on display in the garden of the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. Early next year, the Faena development will extend to include Faena Forum Miami Beach. Designed by Rem Koolhaas, Faena Forum, will be a multidisciplinary centre that will play host to site specific installations, performances, debates and exhibitions.

Faena Forum is a non-profit organization led by Chair Ximena Caminos that provides a conceptual framework for a wide range of activities encouraging collaborations across geographic and philosophic borders. The forum is currently housed at Faena Art Center Buenos Aires.

'Gone but not Forgotten' (2014) was originally auctioned in 2014 in support of amfAR's fight against AIDS. Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovate research. Hirst's work contributed €11 million euros to the charity's work.

Hirst explained of the sculpture: "The mammoth comes from a time and place that we cannot ever fully understand. Despite its scientific reality, it has attained an almost mythical status and I wanted to play with these ideas of legend, history and science by gilding the skeleton and placing it within a monolithic gold tank. It's such an absolute expression of mortality, but I've decorated it to the point where it's become something else, I've pitched everything I can against death to create something more hopeful, it is gone but not forgotten."