Picture special: Giant statue arrives in North Devon to take up 20-year harbour-side residence.

Verity arrived in the early hours of Monday morning.Verity arrived in the early hours of Monday morning.

DAMIEN Hirst's 67-foot sculpture Verity has arrived in Ilfracombe in the early hours of this morning (Monday).

The bronze statue, which has aroused so much interest and debate, was delivered at midnight on a large low loader vehicle.

She is expected to assembled and hoisted into place between October 14-16 although the final installation will be dependant on the weather. Contractors will spend a further week working on the sculpture before it is completed.

The finished product, a pregnant naked woman holding aloft a sword, bearing the scales of justice and stood upon a plinth of law books, was granted planning permission by North Devon Council last month.

Work begins to put Verity in place.Work begins to put Verity in place.

The council has agreed to accept a 20-year loan of the artwork proposed by Mr Hirst's organisation For Giving CIC.

Sections of the pier car park were closed today from just after midnight until 8am and similar arrangements will be in place from midnight until 8am on Sunday, October 14.

Some car parking spaces will remain unavailable until installation work is complete.

Councillor Mike Edmunds said: "Even though the car park will reopen on Sunday morning, there will be some parking spaces that remain cordoned off.

"However, this will only be temporary while work on Verity continues and there will still be plenty of other spaces available at the Pier car park.

"We also have alternative long-stay car parks open as usual in the town, so we hope that any disruption will be kept to a minimum."

See Wednesday's North Devon Gazette for an exclusive interview with artist Damien Hirst.