YBA darling Damien Hirst (yes, dead-shark-in-formaldehyde-is-my-art guy) is no stranger to the restaurant scene. He even had a quickie partnership with Marco Pierre White on Quo Vadis. But now, a London restaurant has installed one of his katrillion dollar formaldehyde animal pieces in their space, right above the diners’ heads.
“Cock and Bull,” which features a “Hereford cow and cockerel preserved in a steel and glass tank of formaldehyde” has found a home in Tramshed, a restaurant which only serves steak and roast chicken. Get it?!
The piece does make quite a statement in the stunning space, and we totally dig it, but we can’t help but wonder if that steel tank really seals in all the formaldehyde smells. The last thing we want to experience while sinking our teeth into our steaks and/or chickens is an olfactory flashback to 11th grade Anatomy and those fetal pigs they made us dissect.
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