Verity information forthcoming?

An application will be decided on Wednesday for a Verity interpretation board and plinth on the Cove

An application will be decided on Wednesday for a Verity interpretation board and plinth on the Cove side of Ilfracombe Harbour. - Credit: Archant

Mount and interpretation board planned for Damien Hirst’s statue - but on the other side of the harbour.

A stainless steel mounting has been proposed to tell visitors to Ilfracombe what Verity is all about – on the opposite side of the harbour.

North Devon Council is tomorrow (Wednesday) seeking planning permission to site mounting and an interpretation board in the gardens on Marine Drive, directly in line with Damien Hirst’s 67 foot bronze sculpture on the pier.

Since the statue of a naked pregnant woman was installed last autumn she has drawn some controversy but also many admiring comments from visitors and local alike.

But it seems at least some arrive in Ilfracombe not knowing what she is all about or even who created her.

Stephen Turner from Torquay wrote to the Gazette to say: “When we saw Verity we were amazed. Had no idea who had designed it as we could not see any plaque or sign.”

There have been similar comments from other visitors and several in the town have commented that some sort of plaque was needed.

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The report to today’s planning meeting says the proposed structure would be finished in satin black and have an angled interpretation board finished in vitreous enamel with a cast bronze plate. It would be about a metre tall.

It said: “The statue has already proved to be an important attraction drawing both residents and visitors to the town.

“The provision of this interpretation board at Larkstone within a grassed area of the park provides a logical extension to facilitate the enjoyment of the statue.”

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