Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst
Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst

Decorate Your Home With Damien Hirst Wallpaper

Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst
Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst

There’s a new way to show off your obsession with Damien Hirst: Line your walls with his work. The English artist just debuted a line of wallpaper through his retail store, Other Criteria. There are three repeating designs from which to choose.

One print, Entomology, is a version of Hirst’s 2009 work Nessus, a painting that features a kaleidoscopic view of colorful beetles and other insects. You know, just in case you want to live your life completely surrounded by bugs. (Beware: You might have some trouble spotting the actual insects inside your house.)

a kaleidoscope pattern of colorful insects radiating out in circles against a white background
Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst

Another, called Pharmacy 2, is an update of wallpaper that Hirst created for Pharmacy, the London restaurant he opened with Matthew Freud in 1997. (The original wallpaper is now held by the Victoria and Albert Museum.) The same wallpaper currently decorates the interiors of Pharmacy 2, their new restaurant located within a London gallery. “The wallpaper reflects Hirst’s enduring interest in the power of pharmaceuticals,” according to Other Criteria, and features a repeating grid of prescription drugs with brand names, generic names, and dosages listed underneath each illustration.

illustrations of colorful pills laid out in a grid with their names and doses underneath against a gray background
Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst

The third is a take on Hirst’s 2010 painting Valley of Death, a glossy image of brown, black, dark blue, and green butterfly wings. There are few motifs more Damien-Hirst-y than butterflies—he famously attached butterfly pupae to canvases and installed them in a gallery for his first solo show in 1991, allowing the insects to hatch and fly around the room feeding on sugar water and flowers during the exhibition.

dark brown collage of iridescent butterfly leaves
Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst

All the wallpapers are about $324 (£250) per 2.25-foot by 33-foot roll, which is pretty pricey for a wallpaper, but pretty cheap for a piece of art. Not that Hirst really needs your money. In 2013, he was named the wealthiest artist in the world.

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Unwind With 10 Hours of Soothing Ocean Footage From BBC Earth
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The internet can be a stressful place at times. Do yourself a favor by taking a break from the endless barrage of content to focus on the tranquil beauty of nature. The video below, spotted by Motherboard, features 10 hours of peaceful oceanscapes, courtesy of BBC Earth.

Unlike BBC's usual nature documentaries, which almost always include narration, this footage is completely human-free. There are no voices, no music, and no graphics. Instead, you'll find leisurely shots of whale sharks, schools of hammerheads, sailfish, and sea turtles drifting through the open ocean to a soundtrack of sloshing water.

Even if you don't have time to watch the whole 10 hours, just a few minutes of sitting in front of the meditative footage is probably enough to refresh your brain. Just don't be surprised if a few minutes quickly becomes an hour (or a few).

And if 10 hours of relaxing video still isn't enough for you, we recommend checking out some Norwegian slow TV. "Shows" include footage of a sea cruise, a train ride, and migrating reindeer.

[h/t Motherboard]

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Photographer's Amazing Snap of an Osprey Is Holding Two Big Surprises
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As a wildlife photographer, Doc Jon understands the importance of being in the right place at the right time. But it took getting home and really squinting at his own work to realize that he recently captured a “one-in-a-trillion shot” while taking a photo of an osprey in Madeira Beach, Florida. While demonstrating the power of his lens to a fellow beach-goer, Jon pointed his camera at an osprey flying about 400 feet above their heads, and snapped a quick photo.

“I started shooting and my settings were off,” Jon told Fstoppers. “I had no tripod. I was trying to hold it steady, but it was windy out," he said. "I could see the osprey had a fish, but it was far away. It wasn't until I got home, cropped in on it, lightened the shadows, and applied some sharpening that I suddenly saw. ‘Oh my god, that's a shark's tail.’ Then I saw the fish in its mouth and I knew it was going to go viral.”

Jon predicted correctly.

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Jon’s photo, which has already been shared by thousands of people, features the osprey holding a shark, which is holding a fish—making it sort of like the photographic version of a turducken. News of Jon’s amazing photo spread after he posted it to his Facebook page and a local news station saw it. Since then, he told Fstoppers, he’s been receiving requests for interviews from as far away as Israel and India.

Of course, with all that exposure comes the inevitable question of authenticity. Fortunately, Jon is taking that part in stride.

"The fun part for me is some people are commenting that it's Photoshopped, and obviously, those people don't know the limitations of Photoshop," Jon told Fstoppers. "Then, other people are telling me I should have sold it instead of sharing it online. I'm laughing, because really, it's not a good photo. The photo itself kind of sucks. But it tells a great story and it's getting me a lot of recognition for my other work now."

[h/t: Fstoppers]

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