Damien Hirst and Lalique
Eternal consists of a collection of exquisite, limited edition crystal panels. The panels are available in three series – Love, Hope and Beauty – that each depicts a different butterfly and comes in twelve different colour-ways. The rectangular shapes can be displayed in numerous ways such as being mounted on an easel; framed and hung across a wall partition or insert into a wall.
The butterfly is one of Hirst's most enduring and recognisable motifs. Since the late 1980s, the insect has repeatedly featured in his work as a symbol of both the beauty and fragility of life. Discussing the collaboration, Hirst explains: “I’ve always loved crystal and it’s both beautiful and difficult to work with, so I’m really excited about the project. It’s amazing being able to use all the expert craftsmanship and incredible history of Lalique for something new, and the results are beyond all my expectations. I love that the panels have an almost religious feel, they make you think of stained glass windows which I’ve always adored, it’s the way they manage to capture colour and light so completely and then throw it back out at you.”
Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique states: “An artist of immeasurable talent and worldwide renown, [Hirst] perfectly embodies his generation of artists, unafraid to embark on experiments, calling into question the strict definitions of art and what constitutes a work of art. Eternal, the magnificent result of this collaboration, takes as its motif the butterfly – close to the hearts of René Lalique and Damien Hirst, who shared a sense of the magical and paradoxical beauty of the butterfly, ephemeral and eternal at the same time.”