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Verity by Damien Hirst


According to my oracle, the online free dictionary, the word Verity can mean:

1. The state or quality of being true; accordance with fact or reality: to question the verity of a ‘statement; or

2. Something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement: the eternal verities.

And that is exactly what I thought, verbatim, when I stumbled across Damien Hirst’s 66 ft bronze sculpture 'Verity' on a wet, windy day in Illfracombe.

She is magnificent. Heavily pregnant, one side naked the other exposed bones, muscle and unborn child, holding a sword fully vertical and facing out towards the sea. Ah what a vision.

A modern allegory to truth and justice - and allegedly taller then Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North the sculpture was a vision of power and strength.

My 4 year old daughter yelled out over the cold sea wind ‘Mama, why does Verity have a sword?’ - a complex question that resulted in a flurry of conversation between us and resulting in the idea that she lived a long time ago and was protecting her baby from the unknown. Gosh, how do you answer that question for a four-year-old?

Issues of truth, heritage, justice (or injustice), strength, power, humanity and inhumanity, families, protection, invasions and war - a lot to digest when you are a grown-up, let alone a 4 year old holding a stuffed guinea pig for protection.

The next morning, over breakfast, my daughter produced a stick drawing of a lady (hard to tell with stick people) with a baby in her tummy holding a sword and asked me to help her write the word ‘Verity’.

Yep. I think she got it.

The sculpture, on loan by the artist for 20 years, has apparently divided the small seaside town of Illfracombe, but I passionately believe the work is a gift for the future. Thanks Mr Hirst.

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