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Verity

By dudler  
From her left side, she is a pregnant woman, holding a sword aloft. Her pose and face are those of Degas' Little Dancer. Although this is quite startling to see on the harbour wall of a sleepy Devon town, she is, in a sense, conventional. She is called Verity (veritas: truth).

But from the opposite side, her body is laid open, her musculature and the baby in her womb exposed. Marching forward, she is ruined...

Is this about the extent to which a mother will suffer and fight for her child? The price of maintianing justice (justice? Her scales are not helf high, but in a clenched hand behind her)? The human condition?

Words that coem to my mind are implacable and dispassionate.

What do you see? Don't forget to look at the versions...

Tags: Statue Specialist and abstract Ilfracombe Damien hirst

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bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
11 Jan 2018 9:02AM
interesting description and set...like the treatment Wink

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“After looking at the statue of liberty and the justice figure on the old bailey and many others, I came up with Verity... As I said, I know it’s not for everyone, but I really hope that over time it will become accepted by all of the community in Ilfracombe and will benefit the town and surrounding areas,” said Mr Hirst.
p.s. a fascinating set, excellent photography
11 Jan 2018 9:28AM
I see 'Damn the ridiculous and outdated legal system and the world with it's political correctness insanity and corruption (the lowered and held behind scales of justice), I will fight to my last breath to defend the rights of future generations of those for whom I care (the unborn child and the raised sword). BlushBlushBlush

Well you did ask!Wink......and I have only had one cup of tea this morning so far!

Dave
dudler Plus
14 648 1248 England
11 Jan 2018 9:56AM
I did indeed ask!

The link between tenderness and unremitting fury...
11 Jan 2018 10:04AM
An amazing piece of sculpture John and good to see the bigger picture to finish.

JohnSmile
11 Jan 2018 10:08AM
After seeing the SoL and the Justice figure, what sort of a mind would combine the two and come up this? OK it is a very very powerful piece of sculpture and has it's place, but I wonder what Ilfracombe has done exactly, to deserve its erection. Think of the children...!
Mike
11 Jan 2018 10:56AM

Quote:The link between tenderness and unremitting fury...


Indeed, it lurks within us all.
sherlob Plus
11 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2018 11:04AM
Women's struggle to lay bare truth in the name of Justice.

Edit: Fab sculpture - for anywhere!
I just think this is an amazing sculpture, Pam
😀😀😀😀😀
Truth.
A bitter pill to swallow.
Let them choke on their lies then.

Cheers
Alan
kaybee Plus
13 5.6k 25 Scotland
11 Jan 2018 11:29AM
When she strips, off she really strips off!
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3809 Canada
11 Jan 2018 11:29AM
Honestly, at first, not seeing the versions, I thought this was made of chocolate.

I think I would like to know what those books are she is standing on, are any identifiable? She is either being lifted by whatever wisdom is in them, or she tramples on them.


W
dudler Plus
14 648 1248 England
11 Jan 2018 12:33PM
The books are legal...

The jury may be out on which interpretation is right.

An old boss said that you should never let the rules get in the way of doing the right thing. I agree, but the world tends to work the other way round.
Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
11 Jan 2018 2:09PM
Super presentation of a very contentious image.
I like it immensly.
Ron
saltireblue Plus
7 7.5k 33 Norway
11 Jan 2018 3:16PM
There's a certain correlation between the oversized sword and the smallness of the scales representing justice. This, plus the fact she is standing on the legal tones suggest to me that the future (represented by the unborn child) will be dominated by the sword and not by justice.
This is the (uncomfortable) truth as she sees it.

Malc
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
11 Jan 2018 6:43PM
Everything about it is amazing, except for its location, what were they thinking.??


Dav.
12 Jan 2018 2:50AM
Everything about it is amazing, except for its location, what were they thinking.??

Outside of the box with enlightenment.

"There's a certain correlation between the oversized sword and the smallness of the scales..... "

saltireblue, you have great insight.

Maiwand +1

"The books are legal...

The jury may be out on which interpretation is right.

An old boss said that you should never let the rules get in the way of doing the right thing. I agree, but the world tends to work the other way round."


I wish there was enough space to tell the there I was story in traffic court yesterday, trying to defend myself. It turned into a screaming match between me and the young lady prosecutor who reminded me of that little spoiled brat I met in Kindergarten playing in the sandbox. There's a great book out there entitled "All you need to know about life, you already learned in the sandbox". Anyway, I should get back on track. The events in the courtroom, I never imagined could happen in a Canadian court. I'm happy to say it ended after I asked for a mistrial and for reasons political, the judge (he looked like a malnourished Woody Allan) reluctantly declared a mistrial. What has got me so seriously disturbed, is how the court tried to deny my fundamental legal right to defend myself against my accusers (not present in court) by questioning. I thought I was Alice at the Mad Hatter's tea party. When I yelled flailing my arms above my head, "this is insane" the judge declared a mistrial.

In Canada, we are in trouble with the Judicial system. It is now an oligarchy that serves only its own interests and has no concern for the civil rights of we the sheeple. If this happened anywhere else in the civilised world, there would be riots and the streets flowing with blood. God help our grandchildren.

kaybee When she strips, off she really strips off!

Kaybee, I think your attempt at humour trivializes a great piece of fine art, the depth of which is lost on a shallow mind.

I think I may have said enough already and will end this rant with a well-deserved accolade to you John for posting this. It is a deep and thought-provoking work, a brilliant piece of art. I am heartened by the majority of responses.
12 Jan 2018 9:42AM
Quote 'kaybee When she strips, off she really strips off!' Quote

Quote 'Kaybee, I think your attempt at humour trivializes a great piece of fine art, the depth of which is lost on a shallow mind.'Quote

I think in the chaos and disruption that we call Life we must always make room for humour.Smile I thought Kaybees comment was quite refreshing among the more serious interpretations...including mine! Grin
12 Jan 2018 11:38PM
In reflection, my hair trigger response may have been unjustified; after all, perception is the reality. I don't know Kaybee and thus could only respond to his humor. One reading my comment can only do the same. Somewhere in the depths of reality we can find the truth. I have a very well developed sense of humour to wit anyone who knows me well, will attest. But my response to Kaybee will certainly be judged otherwise. I will leave Kaybee with this comforting, borrowed and edited phrase, "To err is to be human, to blame someone else is cool" And so there's some proof of my having a little humour at least.

"I think in the chaos and disruption that we call Life we must always make room for humour. I thought Kaybees comment was quite refreshing among the more serious interpretations...including mine!"

Well said sir, and fair enough, some further observation if you're willing. I had the same response when works of sculpture by my very close Liverpool born artist, Arthur Dooley, were ridiculed mercilessly by some cretins masquerading as critics. (Not now my intent to place Kaybee in the same ilk) I now live in a Canadian culture that is afraid of eccentrics, they are shunned. I am forever shaped by the Liverpool culture I was raised in for the first twenty years of my life. A culture that values its eccentrics and treats them as national treasures, and so goes the world. Vive la difference!

I see a need for humour, and commented to a court clerk just this past Wednesday "when I lose my sense of humour, please shoot me in the forehead, and when I lose my temper in a good cause, please applaud" and what my art instructor at the U of Alberta said to me (a drop dead gorgeous, quite eccentric Polish beauty), She shared this gem, which was like having a chocolate coated strawberry dropped in my mouth (please, I can hear the punch lines). "Eccentricity is like a cool soothing breeze in an otherwise dull and boring world". Now if only Canadian culture could grasp that. I feel quite comfortable saying this as I have spent 54 0f my 74 years here in Canada. At this advanced age, I find less tolerance for minions and the oligarchs little helpers BS. Before I go off on another rant, I should end with an apology and a caveat. I apologise to Kaybee whom I now know is valued by his friends who do not characterise him by his one comment I objected to. I recognise the better judgement of his friends and accept their version of his character and hope he accepts my apology. Now the caveat. It is all too easy to offend with well intended humor, those who take a courageous step in offering their work for public viewing and comment, and who offer valid social comment through their work....and...and....I think I made my point.Whos buing the next round? Mine is a Reamy Martan and can you get a Cuban cigar in this pub, a Cohiba?Blush
JuBarney Plus
6 26 3 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2018 1:46PM
Amazing and wonderful sculpture work and beautifully captured.
Ju
13 Jan 2018 1:56PM
Well said Aeros, it takes a man (or woman in this day of overly subscribed political correctness) to post a reflective view, many would have not. And the world would have been much the poorer for the loss of these two comments :-

' "Eccentricity is like a cool soothing breeze in an otherwise dull and boring world".'
' "when I lose my sense of humour, please shoot me in the forehead, and when I lose my temper in a good cause, please applaud"

The first of which will stay with me to the grave!Smile

Now i'm afraid you are on your own with the Reamy, but I will take the strawberry, dipped in chocolate, delivered personally by your art instructor!GrinGrinGrin

Dave
RLF Plus
7 17 4 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2018 8:18AM
One of the craziest yet beautiful statues ever.Grin
Lovely setWink
Rob

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