British artist Damien Hirst has designed a mind-blowingly surreal suite for the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. It’s not every hotel suite you can see sharks suspended in formaldehyde, graphics of oversized pills and practically every surface patterned with butterflies.
You’ll be pleased to hear the suite is available FOR FREE (as long as you’re a guest with over $1 million (£758,890) in credit at the resort). Or failing that, for the reasonable price of $200,000 (£151,753) for a two-night stay. The “Empathy Suite” spans 9,000 square feet and occupies two storeys within the Palms.
Hirst’s artwork appears in nearly every aspect of the hotel room, from furniture and textiles that incorporate his designs, to six large-scale original artworks. The most dramatic involves two bull sharks suspended in formaldehyde in a white tank, called Winner/Loser. (Which is really flipping cool.) Others include a fish design above a 12-chair bar, named “Here For A Good Time Not a Long Time”, and a translucent cabinet filled with pills titled Monet, next to a six-person dining table. Another cabinet, “The Winner Takes It All”, is filled with cubic zirconia’s gems.
Why don’t you take a look for yourself and maybe we can go halves next year?