Damien Hirst’s monumental headless demon last seen in his shipwreck show in Venice is due to become Las Vegas’s latest outlandish attraction. The Palms Casino Resort announced it will install the 60-foot-tall sculpture in the hotel’s new pool this spring.
The billionaire hoteliers, casino owners, and collectors Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, have acquired an edition Hirst’s Demon With Bowl (Exhibition Enlargement) (2014) for the resort that they own. A representative for the Palms declined to reveal the price, but ARTnews reported that the asking price for the massive sculpture was $14 million.
A resin cast of Hirst’s sculpture was originally unveiled in the courtyard of François Pinault’s private museum in Venice, the Palazzo Grassi, in 2017 as part of Hirst’s spectacular exhibition “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable.” It is unclear whether the casino’s edition is the same version or a new edition.
The Las Vegas hotel and casino already features a bar designed by Hirst that includes a preserved 13-foot-long tiger shark divided into three parts floating in steel tanks. The decor features no less than 16 spot paintings from the artist’s “Pharmaceutical” series. The British artist also designed the bar’s drinks-related paraphernalia from coasters to matchsticks.
As part of an ongoing $690 million renovation, the Palms’ creative director Tal Cooperman has put together an impressive display of works by other blue-chip artists drawn from the Fertitta brothers’ impressive collection.
Gamblers and hotel guests are surrounded by works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, and Richard Prince among others, as well as pieces by street artists, such as Adam Parker Smith, Revok, Eric Haze, Scott Hove, Felipe Pantone, James Jean, and Timothy Curtis.
“We have curated a collection that is bold, relevant to today’s traveler and most of all a truly interactive experience,” the Palms’ general manager Jon Gray said in a statement in May. With the addition of Hirst’s supersized sculpture in its swimming pool, the hotel has certainly captured another bold addition for the collection.
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