Damien Hirst on The Tide
One of the world’s most successful contemporary artists talks to Philippa Richardson and Louise Sagnia about life on the Peninsula, his new works, freshly installed along The Tide, and explains why he feels this spot next to the Thames is perfect.
Damien Hirst is one of Greenwich Peninsula’s most famous former residents. Shortly after arriving in London, back in the late 1980s, he lived on River Way, close to the Pilot pub. Back then, Hirst had yet to make a name for himself, and the Peninsula was home to condemned industrial works, fit for little more than the occasional film set or music video shoot. Yet the nascent artist still found plenty to admire in the city and the river.
Returning a little over three decades later to install works from his 2017 Venice exhibition, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, he tells us how surprised he was to still recognise the place, and how pleased to discover his underwater works have found their way to the banks of the Thames.