For the Sake of Hotel Art: W Hong Kong's Damien Hirst
Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? All this week, we'll be highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: W Hong Kong's Damien Hirst painting
To understand its full splendor, this flat view of Damien Hirst's famous "For the Love of God" $100 million dollar diamond skull should really be facing the light, but then it would fade and we'd be sad. We'd have no idea what it's worth, but the fact that it sat outside the W's Kitchen restaurant without a guard or protective covering means it's probably not in the several million dollar range.
Sadly we can't guarantee that this Damien Hirst or the several others that occasionally take up residence in the hotel's lobby will be there when you check in; the hotel enjoys rotating their collections and even arranges special loans from local museums. Either way, you're in for some great stuff; just so long as you keep your eyes open.