The Sacred Heart, 2005

Damien Hirst graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art in 1989 and went on to win the Turner Prize in 1995. His work continues to shock, entertain, and innovate. Hirst uses a variety of media, but is probably best known for his series involving animals preserved in formaldehyde. The Sacred Heart is a silver cast of a bull’s heart pierced by razors and needles and wrapped in barbed wire. It was included in Hirst’s exhibition ‘New Religion’ which explored the relationship between science, art and religion, themes that continue to dominate the artist’s career.