Renowned artist Damien Hirst has teamed up with architect Mike Rundell to put in a bid to the Royal Parks to convert a building in Hyde Park into an art space, a noncommercial gallery displaying the artist’s personal collection. The aforementioned structure/building, the Magazine, was a single-story brick munitions store built in Hyde Park to help defend London against a potential invasion from Napoleon and currently houses a kennel for stray dogs. If Hirst wins the bid, he has promised to fabricate stained-glass windows and bronze gates for the museum and will not charge any fee for admittance. However, those wishing to see Hirst’s For the Love of God, a diamond-encrusted platinum cast of a human skull, will have to shell out a fee. The famed skull made headlines when it failed to sell during a 2007 exhibition at White Cube gallery for the asking price of $74 million.
Competing with Hirst to take over the building is Julia Peyton-Jones of the neighboring Serpentine Gallery.
Well, we have no choice but to wait for the verdict to know if Hirst will get to turn his dream into a reality.