"The Hours Spin Skull" is a mixed media sculptural work in the form of a synthetic skull. The skull is painted in a marbled spin pattern using a variety of household gloss paint colors. The eye sockets have been inlaid with period wristwatch dials, which, together with the skull, remind of the impermanence and transience of life. The piece engages the concept of mortality, an ongoing preoccupation within Hirst's oeuvre. In addition to its status as an art object, the piece also makes a gesture toward functionality: there is a CD jewel case in a precisely cut opening at the top of the head. This work is a unique variant from an edition of 210. It measures 8.25 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches (21 x 14 x 14 cm), and comes in the original studio case.
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