Safety of Formaldehyde Works

'Isolated Elements Swimming in the Same Direction for the Purpose of Understanding (Left)' (1991)

Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2016

21 April 2016

Regarding the current stories in the press concerning the exhibition of Damien Hirst's formaldehyde works at Tate Modern in 2012, Science Ltd. states:

“We do regular testing and our experts tell us that at the levels reported by this journal, your eyes would be streaming and you would be in serious physical discomfort. No such complaints were made to us during the show – or at any other shows or sites featuring the formaldehyde works. We don’t believe any risk was posed to the public."

A Tate Modern spokesman added: “Tate always puts the safety of its staff and visitors first, and we take all the necessary precautions when installing and displaying our exhibitions. These works contained a very dilute formaldehyde solution that was contained within sealed tanks.”