The Mayor of Ilfracombe has spoken out after hearing constant criticism that the Verity statue in the town endorses teenage pregnancy.
A controversial statue by Damien Hirst is on the verge of being hoisted into position in Ilfracombe
The people of Ilfracombe are now the custodians of a giant Damien Hirst sculpture
He's already got Verity in Ilfracombe and it now looks like Damien Hirst could be opening his own gallery in the town. It's been revealed that the artist has bought two adjacent properties in his childhood home. The purchases were revealed at a town council meeting.
Three months after she was craned into position, Damien Hirst's controversial 'Verity' statue should be open to the public in Ilfracombe later this week. Work to complete the base of the sculpture, including the laying of 30,000 slate tiles had been delayed due to the bad weather.
Shots of Hirst's 'Verity' being moved into position
Our Devon correspondent Seth Conway is following the operation to put the 22 metre statue by Damian Hirst in place on Ilfracombe Pier. He's sent this report from the site.
Damien Hirst's controversial sculpture of pregnant woman 'Verity' has arrived at Ilfracombe.
The 20-metre high bronze is being unloaded in several different sections, and will be assembled on site.
It's a 20 year loan by the sculptor, who lives in nearby Combe Martin.