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The artistic merit of Damien Hirst's giant bronze statue of a pregnant woman has split opinions in Ilfracombe, but it also raises the issue of the role of public art in regenerating a town.
She has been called outrageous, immoral, bizarre, obscene, offensive, disgusting, grotesque, a monstrosity, of no artistic merit and demeaning to women.
Others see her as beautiful and unique, with the power to transform a town's tired image and boost its economy.
Will Damien Hirst's bronze statue Verity regenerate Ilfracombe?
She holds the traditional symbols denoting Justice - a sword and scales - though the scales are hidden behind her back.
Hirst's website notes: "Without the perfect equilibrium enacted by the scales, the sword becomes a dangerous instrument of power, rather than justice"
Originally posted by Wide-Eyes
reply to post by CX
Personally I hate the guy. I have a friend who worked for him. He gets art students to paint crappy pictures for him, signs them and sells them for hundreds of pounds. Then he pays his employees peanuts...
I really don't like him...