Internationally renowned British artist, Damien Hirst, has donated his latest work to the North Devon town of Ilfracombe, on 20-year-loan.
Hirst is always one to court controversy and his latest work named “Verity”, a sword wielding, bronze clad, 20-metre statue of a half dissected pregnant woman, does not disappoint.
“It’s not going to benefit the people of Illfracombe and i just think it’s going to be quite ugly and totally disrespectful, degrading towards women,” said Julie Hunt of North Devon Council.
But Rob Lawson the Illfracombe Harbourmaster said he rather likes it:
“I find her absolutely awe-inspiring, you know on one side you’ve got the beautiful, calm, emotional depiction of pending motherhood and on the other side, the rather more intricate and thought provoking human animal, which sustains humankind. And I just think that’s fantastic.”
Damien Hirst, who himself lives in Illfracombe, called his work “a modern allegory of truth and justice.”
Councillors who passed the planning application this summer said they hope the statue will boost the economy of the seaside town, as people flock to see it.
Damien Hirst’s website www.damienhirst.com/