Damien Hirst Butterfly Exhibition - 9,000 butterflies die

(7 Posts)
greenhill Sun 14-Oct-12 10:02:26

www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/9606498/Damien-Hirst-condemned-for-killing-9000-butterflies-in-Tate-show

Like me, most people love butterflies, but would you be happy for them to be used as in an exhibit like this?

I have visited Butterfly Houses at zoos and nature parks, so know that they are bred for educational purposes.

Do you think this is exploitation or just a gimmick for Damien Hirst to draw attention to himself?

greenhill Sun 14-Oct-12 10:04:39
difficultpickle Sun 14-Oct-12 10:06:28

I'm surprised this wasn't raised at the start of the exhibition. I thought it was very odd to allow it.

greenhill Sun 14-Oct-12 10:09:25

I know, a butterfly is still a living creature and can easily be damaged by contact with people brushing it off their clothes etc.

CuttedUpPear Sun 14-Oct-12 10:09:43

how awful. sad
And angry too. Totally unnecessary.

cornsconkers Sun 14-Oct-12 10:10:42

yes I think it was probably a gimmick at the expense of the Butterflies.

I have also visited butterfly houses and worried about the butterflies though, as parents let their young children grab at them/try to hold them and no-one seems to do anything about it, so I think they could be improved.

greenhill Sun 14-Oct-12 10:18:46

Yes, there isn't really a safe way to 'pet' a butterfly is there? They are beautiful creatures to be admired from a safe distance.

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