Charity, 2002 - 2003



2002 - 2003
6858 x 2438 x 2438 mm | 270 x 96 x 96 in | Edition 2 of 3 + 1 AP
Painted bronze
Image: Photographed by Mike Parsons © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Group Exhibition - 2015
City of London, Undershaft, London, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition - 2011
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, United Kingdom
Group Exhibition - 2004
Gemeente Den Haag, Hague, Netherlands
Solo Exhibition - 2003
White Cube, Hoxton Square, London, United Kingdom


‘Charity’ is a 22-foot bronze sculpture based on The Spastics Society (now ‘Scope’) collection boxes commonly found outside local chemists in the 1960s and 1970s. It was originally installed in the park outside White Cube Hoxton Square, as part of Hirst’s solo exhibition at the gallery, ‘Romance in the Age of Uncertainty’ in 2003 and has since been installed on the balcony of the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

In ‘Charity’ the upscaled version is scuffed and has been robbed. Her collection box has been broken into with a crowbar, which lies at her feet next to a few remaining coins.

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Like People, Like Flies: Damien Hirst Interviewed’, Mirta D’Argenzio, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy: Selected Works from 1989–2004’ (Electa Napoli, 2004), 223, 225