Speed Reading — Sculptures - Level 2 — 100 wpm

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A new artwork by the British artist Damien Hirst is on show in front of a hospital in Qatar. Hirst is famous for using dead sharks in his art. His new work is "The Miraculous Journey". It is 14 bronze sculptures that show the beginning of life from conception to birth. The first shows sperm entering an egg, then the egg producing an embryo, a fetus in a giant womb, and finally a newborn baby. They are between 5 and 14 meters high.

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

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