Art comes in many different shapes, forms, and mediums. When it comes to the most inventive and interesting art, there”s usually more than meets the eye. Just one glance isn”t enough; you have to look closer to see what”s really going on.
This certainly is the case with artist Damien Hirst”s new series, Black Scalpel City Scapes. The series is a collection of portraits of different cities from around the world. But you have to look closely to see what these cityscapes are made from. Once you do, you might be a little freaked out.
Damien Hirst”s new series is composed of maps of cities made entirely of surgical scalpels.
Hirst recreated several cities from around the world for this series. The city depicted below is Rio.
It took thousands of scalpels to create these huge cityscapes, like this one of Leeds, England.
There is something unsettling about seeing a map of London built entirely out of small surgical blades.
This view of San Fransisco looks almost like it would if you were flying over the city in an airplane. This is exactly what Hirst intended and wants his audience to imagine.
The series will be featured at White Cube Sao Paolo. According to the website, this series comments on the “military procedure of surgical bombing or surgical strikes, commonly used in modern warfare, which aims to limit collateral damage by targeting precise areas for destruction.”
I love art that challenges and disturbs its viewer. Art is supposed to make you think, and this series certainly accomplishes such a feat. Be sure to check out more of Damien Hirst”s work here, and be sure always keep your eye out for disruptive art.