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Atlas Obscura ‘The Miraculous Journey’

Fourteen bronze sculptures representing different phases of the gestation of a  human fetus, from conception to birth, stand outside a medical center. The first sculpture is that of an egg being fertilized by a sperm, and the last sculpture is that of an anatomically correct newborn. Between the two is the detailed development of the fetus, including a sculpture showing twins in the womb.

This artwork, which is by Damien Hirst, was commissioned by Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani. It was appropriately placed in front of the Sidra Medical and Research Center, a hospital with a focus on women’s and children’s health.

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