Decorate Your Home With Damien Hirst Wallpaper

Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst
Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst

There’s a new way to show off your obsession with Damien Hirst: Line your walls with his work. The English artist just debuted a line of wallpaper through his retail store, Other Criteria. There are three repeating designs from which to choose.

One print, Entomology, is a version of Hirst’s 2009 work Nessus, a painting that features a kaleidoscopic view of colorful beetles and other insects. You know, just in case you want to live your life completely surrounded by bugs. (Beware: You might have some trouble spotting the actual insects inside your house.)

Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst

Another, called Pharmacy 2, is an update of wallpaper that Hirst created for Pharmacy, the London restaurant he opened with Matthew Freud in 1997. (The original wallpaper is now held by the Victoria and Albert Museum.) The same wallpaper currently decorates the interiors of Pharmacy 2, their new restaurant located within a London gallery. “The wallpaper reflects Hirst’s enduring interest in the power of pharmaceuticals,” according to Other Criteria, and features a repeating grid of prescription drugs with brand names, generic names, and dosages listed underneath each illustration.

Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst

The third is a take on Hirst’s 2010 painting Valley of Death, a glossy image of brown, black, dark blue, and green butterfly wings. There are few motifs more Damien-Hirst-y than butterflies—he famously attached butterfly pupae to canvases and installed them in a gallery for his first solo show in 1991, allowing the insects to hatch and fly around the room feeding on sugar water and flowers during the exhibition.

Courtesy Other Criteria © Damien Hirst

All the wallpapers are about $324 (£250) per 2.25-foot by 33-foot roll, which is pretty pricey for a wallpaper, but pretty cheap for a piece of art. Not that Hirst really needs your money. In 2013, he was named the wealthiest artist in the world.

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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What Did the Hubble Telescope See on Your Birthday? This NASA Website Will Show You

A 2010 Hubble-captured image of a pillar of gas and dust in a stellar nursery called Carina Nebula.
A 2010 Hubble-captured image of a pillar of gas and dust in a stellar nursery called Carina Nebula.

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit on April 24, 1990, and it has spent the last three decades enriching our understanding of the cosmos more than we ever could’ve imagined. This year, NASA is celebrating the telescope's 30th birthday with another launch: a website that shows you a photo of what the Hubble saw on your birthday.

Because the telescope is exploring space every hour of every day, the images it has captured over the years are both fascinating and varied. You could see a globular star cluster, a dust storm on Mars, or something else entirely. You only need to enter the date and month of your birthday on the site, so the image you get won’t necessarily be from the year you were born—and, if you were born before 1990, it definitely won’t be—but it’s pretty fun to juxtapose how you were spending that particular birthday with how the Hubble was spending it. While your parents were snapping a shot of you blowing out the candles at your eighth birthday party, for example, the Hubble might’ve been snapping a shot of the beautiful auroras around Jupiter’s north pole.

The telescope was first conceived all the way back in 1946 by Yale University astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer, Jr., who published a paper about the possible advantages of having what he called a “large space telescope” in orbit to help astronomers study the galaxies. The project finally got off the ground in the 1970s, and the telescope was designed so that astronauts could periodically upgrade it while still in orbit. Since it first broke through the atmosphere in 1990, the Hubble—named after astronomer Edwin Hubble, who proved the existence of other galaxies beyond the Milky Way—has taught us that the universe is 14 billion years old, that its expansion is speeding up, and so much more.

Unlock your birthday image on the Hubble website here, and check out more stellar photos taken by the Hubble here.