The image is of the statue ‘Verity’ by the artist Damien Hirst. It is located at the entrance to Ilfracombe Harbour, Devon.
In the background is St Nicholas's Chapel on Lantern Hill.
We did not know about the statue prior to visiting Ilfracombe. We came upon the statue while taking a walk around the town. At the time there was a group of children on a school excursion, taking notes and sketching the statue.
Part of the reason for the angle of this shot was to reduce the visibility of people in the image. Another was to just show the Law books as the base of the image. Another was to capture St Nichols’s chapel with the British Flag aligned with Verity’s sword.
“Damien Hirst has brought public art to a new low
When you have an attention-seeking artist and an ambitious town, you end up with this monstrosity” Catherine Bennett, The Observer, Sunday 21 October 2012
“Guardian arts critic Jonathan Jones said it was "helping Hirst destroy British art" and has described Hirst as being "like a deluded dictator."”
“Local councillor Paul Crabb added: ‘If you had to take 25 tonnes of bronze and make it into the ugliest thing you possibly could you’d have a job to do worse than this.”
Verity is a stainless steel and bronze statue created by Damien Hirst. The 67-foot (20 m) tall sculpture stands on the pier in Ilfracombe, Devon and looks out over the harbour. 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 unborn baby clearly visible”
Hirst, who lives in Ilfracombe, has loaned the statue to the town for 20 years starting from its erection on 16 October 2012.
“Ilfracombe is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England with a small harbour, surrounded by cliffs.”
“The parish stretches along the coast from 'The Coastguard Cottages' in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along The Torrs to Lee Bay toward the west. The resort is hilly and the highest point within the parish boundary is at 'Hore Down Gate', 2 miles inland and 860 feet (270 m) above sea level.”
About The Chapel:
“The building which sits on Lantern Hill by the harbour, known as St Nicholas's Chapel (built 1361) is reputed to be the oldest working lighthouse in the UK; a light/beacon has been there for over 650 years”
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Antipodean (1391) 2014-01-21 1:24
Kia ora Trevor,
Our picture do have a number of parallels - the blue sky, the background 'mountains', your with an interesting chapel, the lack of visible plinth & I also notice that they were taken about a week apart, one on each side of the world - & of course psosted on TE at the same time! Can't say I like the statue, but I like your perfect depiction of it. Cheers, Neil
timecapturer (40192) 2014-01-21 2:23
Ah! Damien Hirst, imaginative and controversial as always and yet full of impact and symbolism. I love your POV here it puts this amazing piece totally in contrast to the surroundings, which I am sure Damien would want us all to appreciate. Beautifully detailed and perfectly executed image. Like it a lot.
SnapRJW (26034) 2014-01-21 2:47
Hello Trevor - I read the reviews of this piece by Damien Hirst with interest, I've never seen any of his works 'in the flesh' but this example has obviously caused much gnashing of teeth! One can only say that it is difficult to remain indifferent to the piece and as all cutting edge art through the ages controversy walks hand-in-hand with it! I like your POV here; truth stand proud and tall over symbols of a Christian and patriotic Britain...... interesting!
How to rock the sensibilities of a quiet seaside town :)
Warm regards Rosemary
Subhogen (3138) 2014-01-21 2:50
Quiet a strange statue this one, never seen anything like this, but then who can fathom the depths of an artist's imagination and ideas. I like your POV here to show the details of the statue and the beautiful chapel on top of the hill. Excellent clarity and light. Thanks for sharing.
holmertz (33461) 2014-01-21 4:33
Jag har inga nära personliga relationer till Damien Hirst, men det är helt säkert att den här statyn inte kan lämna någon likgiltig. Hur jag än skulle uppfatta den på plats, så har du använt den skickligt för din komposition. Den gör sig mycket bra mot den blå himlen och är väl balanserad av den skogklädda kullen med kapellet högst uppe.
williewhistler (10859) 2014-01-21 8:30
love it or hate it,either way it seems to have increased visitor numbers to Ilfracombe which I suppose has to be a good thing.You have managed to include the church in this well composed shot and with the flag fluttering in the breeze against a clear blue sky so there is a lot to enjoy.
emka (67229) 2014-01-22 0:01
hello trevor, Very interesting sculpture and I like your presentation with the chapel on the hill. Spectacular composition.
Warm regrads Malgo
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (1796)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-06
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: United Kingdom
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-21 1:02