Verity

Verity is a stainless steel and bronze statue created by Damien Hirst. The 20.25-metre (66.4 ft) tall sculpture stands on the pier at the entrance to the harbour in Ilfracombe, Devon, looking out over the Bristol Channel towards South Wales. It has been loaned to the town for 20 years. The name of the piece refers to “truth” and Hirst describes his work as a “modern allegory of truth and justice”. The statue depicts a pregnant woman holding aloft a sword while carrying the scales of justice and standing on a pile of law books. Half of the sculpture shows the internal anatomy of the pregnant woman, with the foetus clearly visible. The stance has been described as a reference to Little Dancer of Fourteen Years by Edgar Degas, a work that previously inspired Hirst when he created Virgin Mother.

Members of North Devon Council referred to the controversial nature of the statue as a potential boost to tourism. Local reaction was very mixed, with those critical of the work calling it “ugly” and stating that “it isn’t suitable for a Victorian seaside town”

I know Damien Hurst is renown for strange art and whether you like or dislike this sculpture is for you to decide, I myself thought the sculpture was an impressive sight, but somewhat on the weird side! But I would have a different view if this sculpture was placed in my hometown of Padstow, so I do sympathize for the people of Ilfracombe who were against this.

 

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