Science Lab Chic: Damien Hirst at Lever House



After a business breakfast at Brasserie, my colleague and I popped over to Lever House to check out Damien Hirst's $10 million commission, "School: The Archaeology of Lost Desires, Comprehending Infinity, and the Search for Knowledge." What an oddly beautiful installation. All those jaded New Yorkers didn't even blink at the main window's two sides of cow hanging on meat hooks over a flying, caged white dove and nicely distressed leather chair (all in a tank of formaldehyde). The anglophile in me loved that all of the sheep carcasses are stamped with "U.K." The medicine cabinets that line the walls would be perfect in a kitchen or bathroom (those autopsy tables would be nice, too).

Lever House, Park Avenue & 54th Street.

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