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The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Priceless
British artist Damien Hirst has plans to create the most expensive contemporary artwork ever made: "a life-size human skull cast in platinum and encased entirely in diamonds - some 8,500 in all. It will be the most expensive work of art ever created, costing between £8m and £10m."

'I just want to celebrate life by saying to hell with death,' said the artist, 'What better way of saying that than by taking the ultimate symbol of death and covering it in the ultimate symbol of luxury, desire and decadence? The only part of the original skull that will remain will be the teeth. You need that grotesque element for it to work as a piece of art. God is in the details and all that.'