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.

Architect Creates Renderings of Frank Lloyd Wright Designs That Were Never Built

Frank Lloyd Wright designed more than a thousand works in his lifetime, but hundreds of his ideas were never built. One of those was the Gordon Strong Automobile Objective, a tourist attraction commissioned in 1924. Now, thanks to new renderings by Spanish architect David Romero, you can get a better idea of what the proposed project might have looked like had it been completed, as Curbed reports.

Romero is the creator of Hooked on the Past, a project in which he translates plans for Frank Lloyd Wright's unbuilt designs into photorealistic scale renderings. He imports data and plans Wright drew up for the projects into modern modeling software in order to create the most accurate renderings possible of what these structures would have looked like. For the Gordon Strong Automobile Objective images, he collaborated with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which recently ran the images in its magazine, Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly.

A spiraling building on top of a mountain
David Romero

Intended to stand atop Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the plan for the Gordon Strong Automobile Objective called for a planetarium and restaurant to accompany a scenic overlook. Its developer, wealthy Chicago businessman Gordon Strong, envisioned it as a destination where families would drive for the day from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The design shifted substantially from draft to draft. In some, it called for a dance hall instead of a planetarium; in another, a theater. He also designed in waterfalls, pedestrian paths, bridges, an aquarium, and a car showroom.

A rendering of a pedestrian bridge
The unbuilt Butterfly Wing Bridge
David Romero

Above all, it was to be a destination for drivers, as the name suggests, and visitors would have driven up to park along its spiral structure—similar to the one that would later come to life in the design of the Guggenheim museum, which Romero looked to as inspiration while translating Wright's failed plans into 3D renderings.

A rendering of a spiral-shaped building at night
David Romero

Romero also painstakingly researched the context and location of the building, including adding era-appropriate cars, traces of rain and dirt on the building, and other details in order to bring the project to life. As a result, at times it can be hard to tell these are illustrations rather than stylized photographs.

Romero has also created similarly detailed renderings of other unbuilt or demolished Frank Lloyd Wright projects, including ones that have long since been destroyed, like the demolished Larkin Administration Building in Buffalo, New York and the burned-down Rose Pauson House in Arizona. You can see more here.

[h/t Curbed]

See How Metros in the World's Biggest Cities Intersect on Aerial Maps

Paris
Paris
Dadapp94, Reddit

In cities around the world, subways form massive networks that snake under the urban landscape, creating systems that we're familiar with seeing in the form of colored, intersecting lines on a poster, but basically can never see from above ground.

Luckily, the cartography and transit nerds of the internet have you covered. A number of users on Twitter, Tumblr, and forums like Reddit's r/MapPorn have created image mashups of subway lines overlaid with aerial images of urban environments, showing what cities would look like from above if their massive transit networks were above ground. CityLab recently collected some of the most compelling ones, and they're fascinating to examine. (The one above, of Paris, was created by Reddit user Dadapp94.)

Below are a few of our favorites:

Here's London:

And New York:

Here's one of Amsterdam that was posted to r/MapPorn by Reddit user Conducteur:

An aerial photo of Amsterdam with subway lines represented by colored lines
Amsterdam's railway and subway lines
Conducteur, Reddit

And one of Milan, posted by Reddit user medhelan:

An aerial view of Milan with colored lines representing subway paths
Milan
medhelan, Reddit

To see more aerial shots like this, head over to CityLab. And if you love aerial images of infrastructure as much as we do, we also recommend these photos of airports seen from above.

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