'Gone But Not Forgotten' is a golden woolly mammoth skeleton fabricated by English artist Damien Hirst. The three-meter tall skeleton is part of Hirst's 'Natural History' series, a long-running series of works inspired by the life forms that make up the earth's natural history.
The woolly mammoth skeleton is encased in a massive steel and glass vitrine. Hirst wanted to address and celebrate the extinct beast's mythical status, and so decided to gild the skeleton and place it in a gigantic gold tank. This depiction plays with the ideas of science, history and mythology that make up human's perception of the woolly mammoth.
By creating a hopeful and beautiful depiction of the woolly mammoth rather than a sad one, Hirst conveys that the woolly mammoth is quite literally 'gone but not forgotten.'
Hirst donated the piece to aid the work of amfAR, The Foundation for Aids Research.
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