Damien HirstMother and Child (Divided) exhibition copy 2007 (original 1993)

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Damien Hirst (born 1965)
Mother and Child (Divided)
Date exhibition copy 2007 (original 1993)
MediumGlass, stainless steel, Perspex, acrylic paint, cow, calf and formaldehyde solution
Dimensions2 parts: 2086 x 3225 x 1092 mm, 2086 x 3225 x 1092 mm 2 parts: 1136 x 1689 x 622 mm, 1136 x 1689 x 622 mm Weight installed: approx 15,750 kg Weight of eachcow half in transit tank 2940 kg
Acquisition Presented by the artist 2007
Not on display


Mother and Child Divided is a floor-based sculpture comprising four glass-walled tanks, containing the two halves of a cow and calf, each bisected and preserved in formaldehyde solution. The tanks are installed in pairs, the two halves of the calf in front of the two halves of the mother, with sufficient space between each pair that a visitor may walk between them and view the animals’ insides. Thick white frames surround and support the tanks, setting in brilliant relief the transparent turquoise of the formaldehyde solution in which the carcasses are immersed… (read more)

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