Hirst statue given 20 year home in Ilfracombe

16:50 06 September 2012

So far so good for Damien Hirst

So far so good for Damien Hirst's 67 foot Verity after she was given planning permission to take up residence on Ilfracombe Pier.

Archant

North Devon Council has agreed to accept the loan of Damien Hirst’s 67 foot sculpture for Ilfracombe Pier.

the statue as it would appear from opposite the pier.the statue as it would appear from opposite the pier.

A BRONZED lady will be catching the autumn sun on Ilfracombe Pier this October after North Devon councillors agreed to the 20 year loan of Damien Hirst’s Verity sculpture.

The council’s executive committee agreed today (Thursday) to accept a ‘unique opportunity’ to have Mr Hirst’s 67 foot statue installed at the entrance to the harbour because its believes this will enable Ilfracombe ‘to compete on a different level as a tourism destination’.

The artwork is named Verity – from the Latin for ‘truth’ – and depicts a naked pregnant woman standing upon a plinth of law books, carrying scales and holding a sword aloft.

Little time is being wasted in her installation, with groundworks set to begin on September 16, the sculpture itself to arrive on site around October 3 and after assembly, to be hoisted in to place on October 17 or 18.

As with other statues created by the artist, one side of the figure depicts skin peeled away to reveal the anatomy underneath, including her unborn child.

Planning permission for the sculpture was granted yesterday, with the applicant – Damien Hirst’s not for profit organisation For Giving CIC, describing the statue as a ‘modern allegory of truth and justice’.

Since plans for Verity were first unveiled, Ilfracombe and North Devon have been strongly divided – supporters believe it will be a huge boost for the town and its tourism, while others branded it offensive or ‘not in keeping’ with Ilfracombe.

“There has been a lot of controversy around the possibility of the statue coming to Ilfracombe,” said Ilfracombe district councillor and ward member Paul Yabsley after the planning decision.

“In fact, controversy is what gives it strength, which will benefit the town. It will be a catalyst for growth, attracting attention and more visitors in the same way art has contributed to St Ives.

“Through projects like this, it will provide opportunities for our young people who want to stay in the area as they are our future.”

* WHY not cast your vote in our online poll and tell us whether you think Verity will be a force for good in Ilfracombe or a 67 foot ‘bronze elephant’?

Email your comments to newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk and don’t forget to include your name and address for verification purposes. Alternatively, write to us at: North Devon Gazette,

Unit 3, Old Station Road, Barnstaple, EX32 8PB.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:39
Barnstaple will see in 2015 with a fireworks display, it has been confirmed.

Firms stump up the cash to help town see in 2015 in style.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:46
The pups in their new home

Wildlife and Dinosaur Park team up with RSPCA to help seal pups

Read more
Yesterday, 16:40
The Pride in Ilfracombe winners with their awards and Mayor, George Squires. Picture: Sam Scott

Unsung heroes and heroines of all ages step forward at the Pride in Ilfracombe Awards.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:39
Kevin Carlyle’s festive lights display in Springfield Road, Bickington. Picture: Submitted

Festive display pulls in the crowds – and donations for air ambulance.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Subscriptions
Reader travel
Advertise
Photo Orders
Competitions
Facebook
Twitter
North Devon Football League
North Devon Gazette E-edition

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition
North Devon�s trusted business finder