Damien Hirst’s monumental statue ‘Verity’ provides a new landmark in this historic seaside town with a growing reputation for art and culture.
Brit artist Damien Hirst’s 66ft (20m) high bronze statue stands confidently facing the sea at the end of Ilfracombe’s harbour pier, holding aloft her 10ft sword. When raised, Verity became the tallest statue in the UK, taller than the Angel of the North. Described by the artist as being an allegory for truth and justice, Verity is a particularly dramatic sight when stormy waves crash against the harbour wall.
But Ilfracombe’s artistic vibe does not stop at the pier. Art galleries in the town feature local and international artists and the Landmark Theatre hosts many creative events, including highly acclaimed music, drama and comedy. The town is still a working fishing port and has a growing foodie reputation, with quality eateries around the town.
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