Fears are mounting over the safety of a series of Damien Hirst-inspired wall dots following the dramatic theft of two of the artist’s original works.
The Fish and Chicken shop, E1 has a vibrant interior, inspired by Hirst’s Pyronin Y and Oleoylsarcosine works, which were stolen from the Exhibitionist Gallery in Notting hill on Monday morning.
Interior Designer, Evros Agathou, creator of the unusual chip shop look, says this isn’t the first time the dots have come under threat.
“Soon after opening we noticed a dot missing from the take-away area of the restaurant and suspected foul-play. Modern art and chip shops don’t usually go hand-in-hand so we think guerrilla art aficionados are at large in E1,” he said.
The clean, colourful interior has proved a hit with locals. Explaining the appeal, Agathou, of Avocado Sweets interior design studio, added: “Hirst’s design is so simple and memorable. You can debate whether it’s art, but there’s clearly a thirst for Hirst on both sides of town.”
As for the future of the dots? According to Agathou: “Only time will tell, but with CCTV cameras at the ready any potential art thieves will have to watch their step.”
Enjoy them here while they last!