Big Party on the Pier for Verity

Community ‘lighting of the lights’ party and firework display to welcome Damien Hirst’s statue to town.

THE lighting up of Ilfracombe’s Verity will marked with a free Party on the Pier plus fireworks on Friday, November 23.

The community bash runs from 6-8pm and will see the official switch on of the newly installed lights to illuminate Damien Hirst’s 67 foot statue followed by a firework display plus music and fun from Heart FM.

The artist’s company Science Limited has said the project is now at stage two of the works, with North Devon Council overseeing the landscaping around Verity and final lighting work taking place.

“The installation went very well and Damien is very happy with it, with no major problems during the process,” said Jude Tyrrell, director at Science.

“I think there have been some concerns raised about cost of lighting her, but the power required to keep the lights on during darkness is less than the equivalent of one nickel hydride lamp. The LED lights that we’re using means the life of the lights is at least 10 years before bulbs have to be replaced.

“My feedback from locals has been very positive and I think most businesses in the town are very pleased that Verity is encouraging many more people to visit already, so can only be a good thing for retailers, particularly at this time of year which tends to be quite quiet.”

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New signs for the area around Verity is currently being designed and made by a Devon company, she said.

The latest innovation will see a QR reader (like a bar code scanner) at the sculpture – enabling those with the right mobile phones and apps to link directly to the Damien Hirst website.

This will enable visitors to find out more about how Verity was made as well as viewing a short film about her installation.

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