Model Rick Genest, known as Zombie Boy, died on August 1.
The sculpture of Rick Genest, over which works the British artist Mark Quinn, will be presented at the Museum of Science in London. The bronze statue, reaching a height of 3.5 meters, will be exhibited in the new medical gallery of the museum. Its opening is scheduled for autumn 2019.
As reported by Dazes & Confused, the first version of the sculpture Quinn showed in 2010. It was part of the Body Alteration series, over which the artist has been working since 2008. “What I like most about Rick is that his body is at the intersection of popular street culture, profound philosophical meaning and medicine,” Quinn said at the time.
Rick Ghenest, known as Zombie Boy, died August 1 in Montreal. On August 7 he would have turned 33 years old. It is believed that Genest committed suicide. According to the police, he had psychological problems. The family of the model refutes this information. Relatives of Rick believe that he died because of an accident: a man accidentally fell from the balcony. Before his death, Zombie Boy published a poem in his facebook that mentions the “gates of death” and Damballa from the voodoo religion, which is considered the beginning and the end of all things.
Genest made the first tattoo at age 15–soon after he underwent surgery to remove the brain tumor. Then he received his nickname. Genest didn’t start as a model, but as an artist of a freak show. He was invited to take pictures in the 2010s, when tattoos covered already 90% of his body. Fame to Zombie Boy brought a clip of Lady Gaga Born This Way, released in 2011. Also, Genest collaborated with Vogue, GQ, Mugler and L’Oreal, acted in films and recorded music.