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Behold, the new $100,000-per-night hotel suite at The Palms resort in Las Vegas, featuring artworks by the international art-and-design maestro Damien Hirst, plus design motifs by same to liven up the despondency-inducing gray color scheme and the nausea-inducing view of a city that is composed of at least 60 percent surface parking lots. Note the pharmaceutically-themed “stickies” on the plate glass. A few valiums and a roofie sure would adjust my attitude up there. “It’s for people who are looking for one-of-a-kind experiences, or to throw an event, or to show off a bit, or to have the best experience they can have in Vegas,” says Lorenzo Fertitta of Red Rock Resorts, which owns The Palms. Below, one of Mr. Hirst’s signature artworks: bull sharks preserved in a formaldahyde-filled vitrine. Why not just put a floor-to-ceiling mirror there so guests can admire themselves?

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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 Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

10 Responses to “March 2019” Subscribe

  1. tucsonspur March 5, 2019 at 4:39 am #

    An insipid imitation of Dali, by an artist still romping in his childhood play room.

    And it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. Will it hold the really frisky?

    Sucker fish rather than sharks might be more appropriate, but at 100K per night, why let reality intrude?

    Vegas, Baby.

  2. Kafkaesque March 5, 2019 at 9:24 am #

    As Drumpf might blather:

    ‘What a shite hole…….’

    All apologies to the Irish slangsters out there, but, c’mon.

    Hirst was a fraud, openly so. Dante even dedicated a ‘New Low’ wing to him, only infinite $ per darkest night.

  3. My Point of View March 6, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

    That room looks like a huge dirty ashtray holding a garage sale of beat up danish modern schlock.

  4. malthuss March 10, 2019 at 11:27 pm #

    butterflys are an MK Ultra symbol.

    never thought much of koons n hirst..2 highest paid living artists, imo.

    just satanic anti art.

  5. JCalvertNUK March 11, 2019 at 10:13 pm #

    So those are butterflies!?!

    At first they looked like an assortment of silvery French knickers strewn across the ‘floor-drobe’.

    • orca March 14, 2019 at 11:21 pm #

      agreed calvert…..@ first glance….”why they didn’t even bother to pick up all that crap on the floor!”

  6. bymitch March 19, 2019 at 11:08 pm #

    Damien Hirst has obviously got a sense of humour, and I like it.
    21st century bondage – being totally owned by modern art, and paying 100K per night for it, just to up the stakes.
    Some people have more money than sensory.

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    A person with a different view of our relationship with animals might have a different opinion on the appropriateness of the dead sharks.

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