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Why is there a giant anatomical model in the middle of Leeds? Damien Hirst's 'Hymn' sculpture comes to city

Damien Hirst's 'Hymn' sculpture on Briggate, Leeds Photo: Leeds BID / Studio Bokehgo

An artwork by an internationally acclaimed sculptor has gone on display in the Victoria Quarter in Leeds, as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019.

Anatomy of an Angel, by Damien Hirst, has been sited in the shopping centre to mark the festival of sculpture across Leeds and Wakefield.

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The iconic angel figure is made from Carrera marble and combines aspects of classical sculpture with science and anatomy.

'Anatomy of an Angel' by Damien Hirst, on display in the Victoria Quarter Credit: ITV News Calendar

Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965 and grew up in Leeds, attending Allerton Grange High School. He went on to study at Leeds College of Art (then Jacob Cramer College) in the early 1980s.

“Damien Hirst is admired across the world, to have him back in his hometown is incredibly exciting. Having one of modern art’s most iconic sculptures here at Victoria Leeds is certainly a moment we’re proud of. It's set to be one of our most eagerly anticipated attractions that will draw in art enthusiasts from around the city and beyond."

– Jo Coburn, general manager at Victoria Leeds

"To have Damien involved in the festival is fantastic and especially because of his love for Yorkshire.

"One of the aims of Yorkshire Sculpture International is to engage a mass audience through sculpture and Damien's works will play a key role in achieving this. Yorkshire Sculpture International promises to be something special, memorable and game changing for Yorkshire’s growing art scene.”

– Jane Bhoyroo, Producer of Yorkshire Sculpture International

Anatomy of an Angel will be displayed in Victoria Leeds until Sunday, 29 September 2019.

Six other works by Damien Hirst will be on display during the festival, on Briggate, in Leeds Art Gallery and at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield.