Museum Specimen of Giant Clam Shell (II)


Painted bronze

Overall dimensions: 157 × 82 × 69.2 cm (61 13/16 × 32 5/16 × 27 1/4 in.)

Museum Specimen of a Giant Clam Shell (II) is over eighty centimetres wide and nearly seventy centimetres high. Despite its realistic appearance, with a smooth, pearly inner surface and a porous outer one, its impressive size may raise questions about its authenticity.

Damien Hirst made this bronze shell, painting it for more verisimilitude. It belongs to a series of shells the British artist made for "Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable", where his works were displayed as artefacts found on the seabed.

Museum Specimen of a Giant Clam Shell (II) was presented for the first time by the Pinault Collection during the 2017 exhibition "Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable" at the Palazzo Grassi.
Damien Hirst's other artwork