Here are some of my photos from Amanda’s performance as a living statue in front of the New York Public Library to raise awareness of children’s literacy and to collect donated books in a children’s book drive.
I live-tweeted the event for Amanda on twitter, and I’m stoked to see a quick photo I took on my iPhone announcing the event’s start get so many retweets and favorites:
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.
Damien Hirst (b. 1965; UK, Artist). Love Lost (Large River Fish), 2000. Aquatic tank and filtration unit, couch, table, stool, surgical instruments, computer ring, cup, watch and fish. 274.3 x 213.4 x 213.4 cm (9 ft x 7 ft x 7ftl. Courtesy: Damien Hirst/Science Ltd. and Gagosian Gallery, New York.