Art for our sakes

Personally I’m not a huge fan of Damien Hirst’s work, but I happen to think on this occasion he’s got it right.

His giant pregnant sculpture Verity will be a wonderful addition to Ilfracombe harbour, standing as a colossus to symbolise rejuvenation, struggle, rebirth, and triumph.

Isn’t this exactly what Ilfracombe is trying to do? This is art doing exactly what it says on the tin – challenging opinion and commentating on life.

I am astonished by some of the comments by locals, especially those being offensive to pregnant woman – one even going as far as to make a disgusting comment about pregnant woman on benefits. That’s just one comment too far, and of ill-informed irrelevance.

There have been other suggestions made of possible alternatives, one referring to a sunken vessel in the harbour.

They say that would be more appropriate, but I don’t see how. Surely that would say that Ilfracombe itself is “sunken”.

The people of Ilfracombe should be proud that they have one of the greatest living artists living amongst them – one who appears to be willing to rejuvenate the town.

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It just seems to me that anything Hirst does gets shot down in flames by some.

Let’s face it, Ilfracombe needs all the help it can get and shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, especially when they don’t understand the concept!

Come on people, get behind modernity and find the positive here for a change.

Jacqueline Currie


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