21 January 2015
Historic crystal and glass manufacturer Lalique have unveiled the results of a new collaboration with Damien Hirst. 'Eternal' consists of a collection of exquisite, limited edition crystal panels. The panels are available in three series – Love, Hope and Beauty – that each depict a different butterfly and are in twelve different colour-ways. The rectangular shapes can be displayed in numerous ways including mounted on an easel; framed and hung across a wall partition or inset into a wall.
The butterfly is one of Hirst's most enduring and recognisable motifs. Since the late 1980s, the insect has repeatedly featured in his work as a symbol of both the beauty and fragility of life. Discussing the collaboration, Hirst explains: “I’ve always loved crystal and it’s both beautiful and difficult to work with, so I’m really excited about the project. It’s amazing being able to use all the expert craftsmanship and incredible history of Lalique for something new, and the results are beyond all my expectations. I love that the panels have an almost religious feel, they make you think of stained glass windows which I’ve always adored, it’s the way they manage to capture colour and light so completely and then throw it back out at you.”
Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique, states: “An artist of immeasurable talent and worldwide renown, [Hirst] perfectly embodies his generation of artists, unafraid to embark on experiments, calling into question the strict definitions of art and what constitutes a work of art. 'Eternal', the magnificent result of this collaboration, takes as its motif the butterfly – close to the hearts of René Lalique and Damien Hirst, who shared a sense of the magical and paradoxical beauty of the butterfly, ephemeral and eternal at the same time.”
The panels will be on display at Lalique's stand at Maison&Objet in Paris (January 23rd-27th) and in their Paris store from Friday 23rd January (11 rue Royale, 75008). They will be unveiled at Lalique's London boutique in February (47 Conduit Street, W1S 2YP).
For more information, please visit Lalique's website.