Artistis again under controversy for allegedly killing 9,000 butterflies in a 23-week long show at the Tate Modern in London. He kept the live butterflies in two windowless rooms for his show titled, ‘In and Out of Love’ for 161 days. About 400 butterflies had to be replaced each week due to injuries and poor artificial environment, reported the Telegraph.
Tropical butterflies with normal lifespan of maximum 9 months in the wild were reportedly used in the exhibition which tried to show the full life cycle of butterflies. Hirst is now facing outrages from the environment activists around the world. “Butterflies are beautiful parts of nature and should be enjoyed in the wild instead of destroyed for something predictable and unimaginative,” the Yahoo! News quoted a statement from PETA.
The museum however defended the show by saying the utterflies were “selected from varieties known to thrive in the conditions created.” Hirst was under controversies several times in the past, for submerging a shark in a tank of formaldehyde. He repeated the same experiement with a bisected cow and calf.