Fourteen bronze sculptures of the birthing process designed by North Devon-based artist Damien Hirst have been unveiled.
The large sculptures, collectively known as ‘The Miraculous Journey' (2005 – 2013), are designed to show the gestation of a foetus from conception to birth.
Designed by the world-famous artist, who has a house in Combe Martin, the sculptures are not dissimilar to his 60ft Verity statue in Ilfracombe.
The colossal figures, which were conceived in 2005 and have taken three years to fabricate, have been revealed outside the new Sidra Medical and Research Centre in Doha, Qata.
The completion of the project, which was commissioned under the patronage of H. E. Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani, Qatar Museums Authority and Qatar Foundation, was timed to coincide with the opening of Hirst’s first solo show in the Middle East: ‘Relics’ at ALRIWAQ exhibition space.
'The Miraculous Journey' begins with the fertilisation of an egg and ends with a fully formed baby.
The bronze figures range from 5 to 11 metres in height and the whole structure weighs 216 metric tonnes.
They were individually cast in over 500 panels at Pangolin Foundry in the UK before being transported to Qatar.
Hirst said the work came from “a desire to create something monumental, whilst essentially human.”
He said: “Ultimately, the journey a baby goes through before birth is bigger than anything it will experience in its human life.
“I hope the sculpture will instill in the viewer a sense of awe and wonder at this extraordinary human process, which will soon be occurring in the Sidra Medical Center, as well as every second all across the globe.”
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