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Giant 20ft sculpture by Damien Hirst arrives in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:45 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:50 26 March 2018

Damien Hirst's Hymn statue on the lorry ready to be stood up. Photo: Denise Bradley

Damien Hirst's Hymn statue on the lorry ready to be stood up. Photo: Denise Bradley

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A huge 20ft high human figure by controversial artist Damien Hirst has arrived in Norwich city centre.

The acclaimed artist’s work Hymn – a striking giant sculpture putting the spotlight on human anatomy – will be installed outside the St George’s Building at the Norwich University of the Arts , in St George’s Street.

Hymn has previously been shown at Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery in London as well as in Doha, Qatar, and New York.

Standing at 5.9 metres tall, the bronze sculpture will be an intriguing addition to Norwich’s cityscape, and provide a big cultural boost for the city.

The plan is for it to be on display in Norwich until mid July.

Damien Hirst's The Hymn is being installed in Norwich (Image: Sophie Wyllie)Damien Hirst's The Hymn is being installed in Norwich (Image: Sophie Wyllie)

The sculpture’s arrival coincides with the opening of a major Damien Hirst exhibition in north Norfolk.

Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall opens on Sunday and runs until July 15.

It will see a series of new paintings entitled Colour Space installed in the State Rooms as well as sculptures displayed throughout the 18th century house and gardens.


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