Monday, 29 October 2012

Damien Hirst's Verity statue, Ilfracombe harbour

 See previous on this subject

I was very impressed with this, and thought it surprisingly restrained and tasteful in what is as you can see a beautiful  setting. The exposed insides of the figure are facing the sea and you would struggle to see them from the other side of the bay without a telescope (I imagine the kind of busybody objecting to the statue is well equipped with telescopes)
Approaching the statue from the other side of the harbour

There is definitely a touch of Ray Harryhausen Jason and the Argonauts's (the statue of Talos) about it 

I was thinking of Hurricane Sandy on the other side of the pond when taking this

It is obviously very popular. The pier was busier than I've ever seen it and  from talking to others I've heard hotel bookings in Ilfracombe have jumped since Verity has appeared

The dual nature of the statue fits Ilfracombe and  North Devon generally, an uneasy  mixture of  the  twee and the  primal.

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