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Conception to birth sculptures unveiled in Qatar






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A new artwork by the British artist Damien Hirst is on show in Doha, Qatar. Hirst is famous for using dead sharks and cows in his art. His new modern-art work is called The Miraculous Journey. It is 14 giant bronze sculptures that show the beginning of life from conception to birth. The first exhibit shows sperm entering an egg. The sculptures move from the egg producing an embryo, a fetus in a giant womb, and finally a newborn baby. The very detailed sculptures are between 5 and 14 meters high. They have been put in front of a women's hospital.

Not everyone is happy with the sculptures. They are very controversial. A Qatari art specialist said: "They are meant to create debates. We are not expecting everyone to like them [or] understand them." She added: "They reflect the hospital's mission of taking care of the healthcare of women and babies." Mr Hirst said: "Culturally, it's the first naked sculpture in the Middle East." He added: "The journey a baby goes through before birth is bigger than anything it will experience in its human life....The sculpture will instill...a sense of...wonder at this extraordinary human process."

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