Damien Hirst on 9/11  

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On September 10, 2002, on the eve of the first anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Damien Hirst said in an interview with BBC News Online:

The thing about 9/11 is that it's kind of like an artwork in its own right ... Of course, it's visually stunning and you've got to hand it to them on some level because they've achieved something which nobody would have ever have thought possible - especially to a country as big as America. So on one level they kind of need congratulating, which a lot of people shy away from, which is a very dangerous thing."

The following week, following public outrage at his remarks, he issued a statement through his company, Science Ltd:

I apologise unreservedly for any upset I have caused, particularly to the families of the victims of the events on that terrible day."

External links

9/11 wicked but a work of art, says Damien Hirst in Guardian.co.uk

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