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Artist Donates Giant Naked Pregnant Woman Statue To Seaside Town

The townsfolk are not uniformly thrilled.

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Artist Damien Hirst has donated his 65-foot-tall sculpture Verity to the English coastal town of Ilfracombe. It's being installed today.
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Artist Damien Hirst has donated his 65-foot-tall sculpture Verity to the English coastal town of Ilfracombe. It's being installed today.

The statue has proved somewhat controversial ...
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The statue has proved somewhat controversial ...

Perhaps because the other side of it looks like this.
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Perhaps because the other side of it looks like this.

One displeased Ilfracombe resident wrote, "This is not great art. It is a meretricious attempt at acceptance by modeling the lovely figure of a young girl and adding a brutal slash to reveal the fetus. Soft porn masqueraded as art.”
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One displeased Ilfracombe resident wrote, "This is not great art. It is a meretricious attempt at acceptance by modeling the lovely figure of a young girl and adding a brutal slash to reveal the fetus. Soft porn masqueraded as art.”

Another asked, "A statue with a nautical theme would be great but what does a pregnant woman with her insides exposed really say about the town?"
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Another asked, "A statue with a nautical theme would be great but what does a pregnant woman with her insides exposed really say about the town?"

Others were more supportive. One fan tweeted, "Love #verity ! Shes huge, shes preggers & Shes fabulous!"
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Others were more supportive. One fan tweeted, "Love #verity ! Shes huge, shes preggers & Shes fabulous!"