New Tests Lead to Withdrawal of Formaldehyde Exposure Concerns on Damien Hirst’s Works

July 18th, 2016

Damien Hirst, via Art NewspaperThe recent report that Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde sculptures are potentially harmful to viewers’ health has been retracted by its author, who now claims the findings are “inaccurate and unreliable.”  “Science Ltd and the authors of the paper co-operated to conduct further tests on formaldehyde works using the equipment referred to in the paper as well as commercially available equipment used by Science Ltd to test the presence of formaldehyde fumes,” a spokeswoman for Hirst said. “It was agreed that there cannot have been formaldehyde present at the dangerously high levels originally cited in the paper and, accordingly, there was never any risk to the public.”Read more at Art Newspaper