Hirst shark—and Venice shipwreck piece—installed in Las Vegas casino

The Art Newspaper

Another shark by Damien Hirst has swum into view. This fishy piece, another of the UK artist’s creations pickled in formaldehyde, takes pride of place in The Unknown Bar inside the revamped Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas (the glitzy refurbishment cost $620m). The 13-foot-long tiger shark—The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded), 1999—is severed into three parts suspended in a trio of tanks. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Palms owners, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, purchased the shark sculpture directly from Hirst…read more

Image: Damien Hirst, The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded), 1999