Photographer's Note

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.

About Verity:
“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.

About Ilfracombe:
“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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