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Cathedral, Palais Des Papes

Cathedral, Palais Des Papes
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Screenprint, 2007
Signed Print Edition of 50

Critical Review

Evocative of stained glass windows in Gothic architecture, Cathedral, Palais Des Papas conflates the scientific with the aesthetic. Hirst uses the wings of butterflies to create the geometric pattern, appearing almost like insects on display in a natural history museum. The aesthetic comes into play in the creation of a beautiful pattern exuding a kinetic energy that is exciting and mesmerising to look at.

For Hirst, the butterfly is a ‘universal trigger’ that many people share in finding attractive and joyous. Recalling someone once saying to him: “Butterflies are beautiful, but it’s a shame they have disgusting hairy bodies in the middle,” Hirst in works like this chose only to display the dazzling wings in Cathedral, Palais Des Papes. Across the series, the butterfly wing is rendered unrecognisable when viewed at a distance and as part of a larger intricate pattern.