After several years of delays, I have finally gotten around to posting some photos from my holiday down to that there Devon. No idea what took me so long to get them processed, I guess life just gets in the way at times and the past few years have been quite busy for me, including job changes and house purchases.
With the weather being rather nice for the past few weeks, thoughts have very much turned towards any possible holidays I may get to have this year and it reminded me of my week down in Devon, revisiting places I have not been to since I was a kid.
I am a big fan of Damien Hirst, I have seen a lot of his exhibits in the Oslo museum and when I found out he had another of his pieces of art down near to where I would be staying, I had to visit.
Now, a little about what exactly Verity is:-
Verity is a stainless steel and bronze statue created by Damien Hirst. The 20.25-metre (66.4 ft) tall sculpture stands on the pier at the entrance to the harbour in Ilfracombe, Devon, looking out over the Bristol Channel towards South Wales. It has been loaned to the town for 20 years. The name of the piece refers to “truth” and Hirst describes his work as a “modern allegory of truth and justice”.
The statue depicts a pregnant woman holding aloft a sword while carrying the scales of justice and standing on a pile of law books. Half of the sculpture shows the internal anatomy of the pregnant woman, with the foetus clearly visible. The stance has been described as a reference to Little Dancer of Fourteen Years by Edgar Degas, a work that previously inspired Hirst when he created Virgin Mother.
You can’t fail to miss the statue as you walk down to the harbour as it certainly dominates the landscape, it’s totally different to what you would expect to see by the sea side, but I personally like it and think it is a great addition to the area – plus anything that can get more tourists flocking to the area and spending their money supporting the local tourism can’t be a bad thing!
Taking photos of this beast is not that easy, there are constantly people milling around the area, getting in the way, plus as it’s raised up, you have to take photos of her from the bottom looking up.
In the end I spent most of the afternoon around the area, getting photos in the changing light as the sun slowly set for the day, I even managed to get a photo of the sun bedding down for the night over the horizon.
Since my visit, I have started to get involved in Drone photography, so hopefully I will get chance to pay Verity another visit and hopefully get to see more of her details close up, but for now, the following photos shall serve as my memory of my first visit to Verity.