It’s been years now since Damien Hirst closed his famous restaurant “Pharmacy” and sold the decor of the restaurant for record breaking prices at auction. And although over a decade has gone by, the world has not forgotten the magic of the artwork created for this establishment. In fact, many more pieces from Damien Hirst have centered around this theme. So it wouldn’t be surprising to see it pop up again in a public piece of artwork right? Well, one would think so, only today I’m writing about the pharmaceutical theme in relation to the season at hand – Christmas. Yes, people, we have our first Damien Hirst Christmas tree in front of the iconic Connaught Hotel in Mayfair. And, yes, this tree says Damien Hirst from start to finish and all with the theme of Pharmacy playing throughout.
The placard at the bottom of the Damien Hirst Christmas tree reads as follows:
“Designed by British Artist Damnie Hirst (b.1965), decorations for the Connaught’s first Christmas tree allude to one of the artist’s most enduring themes: the miraculous power of science and medicine and the hope it can offer.”
Well, when you put it like that…
Hirst does have a bit of fun with the idea of combining pharmaceuticals and the holiday season, creating prescription names to honour the season and displaying them in pill and bottle decorations. Quite a first impression with the introduction of The Connaught’s first ever Christmas tree. In a nutshell, it’s a must visit for those of you looking for a bit of holiday cheer on the streets of London.