Damien Hirst, ‘What Goes Up Must Come Down’, 1994, Artificial Gallery

‘What Goes Up Must Come Down’ - a ping-pong ball floating in the air supported by a jet of air coming from a hairdryer - was produced for the magazine ‘Parkett’ in 1994. The work forms part of Damien Hirst's ‘Mental Escapology’ series. (Consists of: ping-pong ball, white hairdryer within a plexiglass container, plexiglass lid. Signed in blue ink by Damien Hirst, numbered on the label on the plexiglass lid - not shown). Exhibited: 'Damien Hirst' (Retrospective) - Tate Modern (London), 4 April 2012 – 9 September 2012 (another example).

About Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated "Freeze," an exhibition in a disused warehouse that showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show (which would come to define the Young British Artists), Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. His groundbreaking works include The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), a shark in formaldehyde; Mother and Child Divided (1993) a four-part sculpture of a bisected cow and calf; and For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds. In addition to his installations and sculptures, Hirst’s Spot paintings and Butterfly paintings have become universally recognized.

British, b. 1965, Bristol, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom