Jewellery + Art = I’m in heaven. Well, maybe not. When Damien Hirst’s work ‘For the Love of God’ swung past the Tate Modern earlier in the year I was jumping out of my skin excited.
For those who have been living in a cool dark place, it is a platinum cast of a human skull covered in thousands of diamonds. I do mean thousands, this thing cost £14 million to make. Being in a room with that many diamonds was fantastic, only problem was that they were attached to a platinum skull – not my favourite setting.
Even if we ignore the macabre factor which has been done to death, I am still not a fan. ‘For the Love of God seems too much like the easy option for a very rich artist. This work is guaranteed to provoke some sort of reaction from whoever looks at it – if from a religious, moral, political, economic or purely artistic standpoint. It creates controversy just by walking through the door.
Although, maybe by having such a strong anti reaction to it I have walked right into Damiens trap.