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Behold the proposed new headquarters for “artist” Damien Hirst’s new one-man gallery (i.e. Museum gift shop)  in Lambeth, south London, just west of Waterloo station. As with so many contemporary Gotcha buildings, it seems as though we’ve seen this one a dozen times before because it’s so original. It would replace an ugly five story apartment building that was only just completed in 2007.  Note the extra-special bonus fear-inducing top-heavy design, because artists and architects in our time believe that everyday life does not produce enough anxiety; it is their duty to supply more. Below the rendering of art zombies moiling outside the building, see two of Mr. Hirst’s notable “art” works.

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Below is Hirst’s 2003 sculpture, Charity. The artist’s website describes it: “…a 22-foot bronze sculpture based on The Spastics Society (now ‘Scope’) collection boxes commonly found outside local chemists in the 1960s, has been installed on Undershaft in front of the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP) next to St. Helen’s Church. The sculpture was originally displayed as part of Romance in the Age of Uncertainty.”

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Below is one of Hirst’s most popular early works, a cow and calf bisected and preserved in formaldehyde. Title: Mother and Child (1993).

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency and the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

9 Responses to “December 2015”

  1. jayrome December 3, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    One. . .Two. . . Three. . . Hahahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha. . . I can’t stop, but my sides ache!

  2. Walter B December 4, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    Wow, gives new meaning to the phrase “I suppose I have just lived too long” doesn’t it. How foolish I was to believe that Rembrandt and Beethoven created art when all along art was awaiting to be yet discovered by such unheralded masters. Guess it is time for me to go get myself a tattoo and a rap CD, or perhaps I have simply lived too long after all….

  3. Agent 4 Change December 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    The exterior design pattern of that building in the rendering looked so familiar, but I just couldn’t place it… until I walked down into the basement and looked up at the 1970s perforated asbestos ceiling tiles!

  4. Ishabaka December 7, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Never any 300+ pounders in the artists’ renderings of these buildings. This America, after all.

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  5. RobH December 14, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    What do you think of the Gherkin Jim? I was talking with someone about the London skyline and thinking it was possibly the best modern building in the UK. Really charming

    On aesthetic grounds what would you say?

  6. John December 18, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    This thing looks like a human limb with a serious skin disease. Or discarded worm eaten pickle – it makes one’s skin crawl.

  7. SvrzoH December 21, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    Another, not unpleasant dildo in London’s skyline.

    Guy’s “art” presents even a bigger problem for me even though, I love modern art myself.
    I wander, if asked that “cubes” should be, maybe, sitting on a field of grass, or should there be somewhere canister of milk split in half, or say, what if frames holding the glass were wrapped with artificial grass, he’s answer would have been: “… only lesser artist would resort to such a cheap tricks”.

  8. randysutt June 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

    Looks like an office building in downtown Bedrock. yabba dabba doo!