Leviathan, 2006 - 2013



2006 - 2013
2928 x 10393 x 2594 mm | 115.3 x 409.2 x 102.1
Glass, painted stainless steel, fibreglass, silicone, stainless steel, plastic, monofilament, shark and formaldehyde solution
Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013


Solo Exhibition - 2013
ALRIWAQ, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar


Hirst acquired this 6.8 metre-long basking shark with the assistance of London’s Natural History Museum, after it was found washed up on a Cornish beach. Stating the shark looked like a ‘monster from the deep’, Hirst titled the work after the mythical sea creature depicted in the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament. Leviathan is also a reference to the 17th century British theoretician Thomas Hobbes’ work of social contract theory. As much as a physical monster, Hirst’s 'Levitathan' can be interpreted as a reference to the darkness inside the mind of man.