Damien Hirst signs the world's most expensive hotel room
An iconic figure in contemporary art, the British Damien Hirst imagined the Empathy Suite for the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Price of the night: 100,000 dollars.
The Empathy Suite, between Luxury and Contemporary Art
It is a " Sky Villa " of more than 800m2, suspended on the Strip, the main artery of the one nicknamed Sin City, the city of all sins.
Created in collaboration with the architectural firm Bentel & Bentel , the Empathy Suite was conceived as a living space with six works of art and a global design by Damien Hirst. We find the butterfly motifs dear to the artist, as well as installations featuring colorful pharmaceutical pills. The masterpiece ? Undoubtedly " Winner / Loser ", a work presenting two sharks suspended in an aquarium filled with formaldehyde, a technique experienced in the series "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" (1991) which greatly contributed to the notoriety of Hirst.
As for amenities, the suite has its own bar, with 13 seats, and a reception area for up to 52 people. Two bedrooms, a fitness room, a private pool with lounge area , a jacuzzi and not one but two massage rooms complete the Suite.
The service also includes the provision of a driver and a butler and privileged access to the Palms nightclub, theater and recording studio. Bonus: a credit of 10,000 dollars to spend within the hotel facilities or at the casino ...
Led by collectors Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta , the Palms is renowned for its collection of works of art including works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami. Already holding an iconic Hirst piece - a four-foot-long tiger shark exposed in the hotel's The Unkown bar - the owners have recently acquired one of his greatest creations, "Demon with bowl ", an 18-meter high sculpture that should be enthroned in the swimming pool.