Damien Hirst has gone from the artist we love to hate to the artist we just despise. We can hardly believe his most recent stint, a 66-foot sculpture of a naked pregnant teenager named 'Verity', is a real thing. But, alas, it was approved yesterday by the local council.
Not surprisingly, residents of Ilfracombe, Devon, the seaside UK town where the "chav sculpture" will show her bronzed belly and pert breasts to the masses, is not pleased. Since the statue was accepted by the North Devon Council, over a hundred complaints have been mailed in from members of the local government and residents of the idyllic town.
To the chagrin of local residents, Hirst's sculpture is expected to be installed in October and be on loan for approximately 20 years. (Is a celebration in order for 2032?)
We have compiled a slideshow of "Verity" in all her naked glory alongside our favorite remarks from enraged Hirst haters. How would you feel if this sculpture from the world's highest grossing living artist made its way to your town? Let us know in the comments below.
"It is a monstrosity and only goes to boost Damien Hirst's ego. Not one penny of my council tax should be used for this exercise." -Jenny Cookson
"Soft porn masqueraded as art." -Gwyneth Barnes, Northam
"The piece is in our opinions grotesque and distasteful." -Simon Potter, High Wycombe
"Having said that I am sure some will point out it is a natural function and therefore should be shown publicity. To that argument I would add so is picking ones nose or using the toilet but I would find them both equally offensive." -Peggy Cherrington
"What we have seen is the town deteriorating into a laughing stock - first of all virtual bonfires, then the 'sperm' logo and now a Pregnant Angel from an artist who locally most guests never seem to have heard of until you mention pickled cows." -Sue Dale, Ilfracombe
Correction: An earlier version of this article ran incorrect photos of the sculpture. We apologize for the error.