The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

January 13, 2019
London, UK

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991) Damien Hirst.

This artwork was conceived by Hirst in 1989. It consists of a glass and steel tank, three times longer than it is wide, weighing 23 tons and divided into three parts.

It is suspended in formaldehyde a tiger shark three meters long. The sculpture successfully surpassed the limits of contemporary art, and generated great media attention when it was exhibited at YBA 1 of The Saatchi Gallery on Boundary Road in London (1991).

According to the artist, the title was thought before the sculpture, and it was just a statement he had used to describe his idea of death.

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