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Damien Hirst Statue Tagged in Bristol

08.26.11 Marina Galperina

Damien Hirst’s Charity statue outside the Royal West of England Academy was tagged this week, but don’t worry, she’s got insurance. Scrub-scrub. In true Hirst fashion, the actual sculpture is a copy of a preexisting “collection box girl with teddy bear and leg in callipers” object. Hirst just made her huge, weigh 7000 lb and cost $2.5 million. He also “scuffed her appearance and burgled her charity box,” so, in a thematic sense, the “hoax” graffiti fits.