Live Fly Art

Artist Damien Hirst recently displayed his creation, “Let’s Eat Outdoors Today”, at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

What it is:
The sculpture is divided into two sections. In one section, maggots develop on a raw meat on a Bar-BQ grill. The maggot section is connected by small holes to a larger section that features a copacetic, outdoor dinner with tables and chairs. Dinner includes meat, vegetables and a bottle of wine. The flies must beware of the ominous bug zapper that zaps flies as they buzz around the food.

Money Quote from Mr Hirst:

I was thinking about how we all avoid dirt, but we all ultimately go back into dirt. I was very interested in how we were trying to isolate the horror from our lives and remove it.

Damien Hirst, Let's Eat Outdoors Today, Living Fly Sculpture
Photo: AP

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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