IT'S been called every derogatory word you can think of outrageous, immoral, bizarre, offensive, distasteful, embarrassing, grotesque, disrespectful, insensitive, inappropriate, a monstrosity, tasteless, ugly, vulgar and not in good taste.
But still the council has agreed to let this sculpture take pride of place on the idyllic British coastline at Ilfracombe.
Damien Hirst’s Verity statue is a pregnant teenager holding aloft a sword.
She’s naked. She’s made of bronze. On one side her skin is smooth. On the other side is has been peeled back to reveal bones, muscles and even breast tissue. Verity is 20 metres tall and weighs 25 tonnes.
In a statement approving Verity’s installation the North Devon council said: "The proposed development represents an important capital project for Ilfracombe and has the potential to act as a catalyst for further investment.