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Baa, Baa Art Sheep at Lever House

The Hirst appetizer.


Aby Rosen will unveil a Damien Hirst installation in the lobby of Lever House, the modernist landmark he owns on Park Avenue, on November 10. It’ll make an interesting amuse-bouche for diners headed to the restaurant Lever House. The project, called School: The Archaeology of Lost Desires, Comprehending Infinity and the Search for Knowledge, includes several sheep, a bull, a shark, and a dove, all floating in formaldehyde. The restaurant’s roast rack of lamb with crispy lamb shoulder is formaldehyde-free. Restaurateur John McDonald isn’t worried diners’ stomachs might be unsettled by the predinner sight of decomposing animals. “An avid carnivore can’t be stopped,” he says. Lever House regulars are used to confronting Hirst’s work on the way to their power lunches: His monumental The Virgin Mother, a sculpture of a pregnant woman peeled open, is on permanent display in the building’s courtyard.

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