Today’s Daily Telegraph paper edition had an interesting item about the lovable Mr Hirst. The electronic interweb version seems to be a bit more restrained, but does include the “real” title of Verity, so I’ll give an extract from the paper version:
“Damien Hirst is planning to erect a giant statue of a naked pregnant woman brandishing a sword near his seaside restaurant.
“The 66 ft. 5 in. sculpture – 10 inches taller than the Angel of the North – will stand at the entrance to Ilfracombe harbour in Devon. Councillors believe it will help revitalise the Victorian resort’s economy. But some disgruntled locals have named it the “Belly of the South”.
“Hirst, 47, who lives four miles away, has agreed to lend North Devon council the work for an initial 20 years ….
“…. Local residents, traders and tourists shown mock-up photos were largely hostile. Bobby Davies, the social secretary of Ilfracombe Yacht Club, said: “Tell me they’re not really going to do this. People will come to look at it – probably to have a good laugh at our expense.” “
The report in the Daily Mail was even more scathing and included:
“The bronze finished figure, which has a stainless-steel frame, will hold a glass-fibre sword aloft and a pair of scales behind her back and stand on a plinth of law books, staring out to sea…
“… One local source last night said 47-year-old Hirst had added the books at the 11th hour to ensure it would be taller than Antony Gormley’s Angel Of The North, erected in 1998.”
Come now! Damien wouldn’t stoop so low, would he?