I was recently contacted by someone from Artsy, a company that specializes in selling the work of artists and promoting galleries, because they had seen a post I wrote a couple of years ago on Diary of an Internet Nobody about the abundance of outdoor sculpture we have in the south west.
The gentleman who got in touch was specifically interested in the fact that I had published photos of Damien Hirst‘s giant statue, Verity, that stands on the seafront at Ilfracombe in North Devon.
Verity is a breathtaking piece of work, standing guard over the small harbour, towering over residents and tourists alike, her stance giving the appearance of a benevolent colossus or avenging angel, brandishing the divine sword and scales of justice as she gazes out to sea, keeping a watchful eye out for invaders.
The sculpture is very much part of the town’s landscape now, but when she initially arrived Verity was a controversial figure, with one side of her imposing, pregnant frame flayed of skin, the surface of her body peeled away to reveal her unborn child and other anatomical details.
You can watch Verity being lifted into place in this clip.
Hirst is one of the most talked about, original and talented modern artists to have come out of the UK in recent years, so I am very honoured to have been asked by Artsy to include this link to the Damien Hirst page of their site where you can find out more about the man himself and view the catalogue of his extraordinary work.
But as I said, there is a huge variety of outdoor artwork to marvel at in Devon, be it municipal art in the centre of towns or private sculpture gardens in the beautiful countryside, wherever you go, you are never far from the next striking artistic installation.