Hymn, 1999 - 2005



1999 - 2005
5953 x 3340 x 2057 mm | 234.4 x 131.5 x 81 in | HC for an edition of 3 + 1 AP
Painted bronze
Image: Photographed by Mike Parsons © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Solo Exhibition - 2013
ALRIWAQ, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar
Solo Exhibition - 2012
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition - 2010
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco


‘Hymn’ is a 20 foot painted bronze sculpture, that weighs over six tons. The work was originally inspired by an anatomical model belonging to Hirst’s son, Connor, which the artist describes as: “just so accurate, it was like a chemistry set, and I loved it that it was a toy [...] similar to a medical thing, but much happier, friendlier, more colourful and bright.”[1] 

Editions of the work have been included in two major surveys of Hirst’s career: his first retrospective, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’, at the Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, 2004; and ‘Cornucopia’ hosted by the Musée Océanographique, Monaco, 2010. 

[1] Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst and Gordon Burn, ‘On the Way to Work’ (Faber and Faber, 2001), 147

[2] ibid.,147