Damien Hirst Unveils Gilded Woolly Mammoth Skeleton with ‘Gone but not Forgotten’

Artist Damien Hirst unveils a gilded mammoth skeleton to be auctioned in aid of amfAR. Continuing his “Natural History” series — which began with a shark in formaldehyde, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living — the unique piece will be donated to the annual Cinema Against AIDS gala being held on May 22. Hirst says of the piece:

“The mammoth comes from a time and place that we cannot ever fully understand. Despite its scientific reality, it has attained an almost mythical status and I wanted to play with these ideas of legend, history and science by gilding the skeleton and placing it within a monolithic gold tank. It’s such an absolute expression of mortality, but I’ve decorated it to the point where it’s become something else, I’ve pitched everything I can against death to create something more hopeful, it is Gone but not Forgotten.”

More info on this project can be found on Hirst's official website.