Damien Hirst’s Verity
Damien Hirst’s 66 ft bronze sculpture ‘Verity’ was erected in the seaside town of Ilfracombe where it will stay for 20 years. The naked pregnant figure stands looking out from Ilfracombe Harbour, sword held aloft, with part of her anatomy exposed – a baby visible in the womb. The name ‘Verity’, meaning ‘truth’ in Italian represents a ‘modern allegory of truth and justice’ and references hirst’s earlier bronze artwork ‘virgin mother’ from 2005
Verity was made in over 40 individual castings at Pangolin Editions foundry in Gloucestershire. The frame was fabricated in a single piece of stainless steel. The bronze parts were cast in pieces using sand moulds, which were then metalworked and reassembled around the steel frame. The sword and upper arm is a single piece of glass fibre reinforced polymer and the entire piece underwent significant windtunnel testing in order to ensure it was capable of withstanding the extreme force of high winds and sea spray.
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