Verity is a stainless steel and bronze statue created by Damien Hirst. The 20.25-metre tall sculpture stands on the pier in Ilfracombe, Devon and looks out over the harbour. It has been loaned to the town for 20 years.The name of the piece refers to “truth” and Hirst describes his work as a “modern allegory of truth and justice”.
The statue depicts a pregnant woman holding aloft a sword while carrying the scales of justice and standing on a pile of law books. Half of the sculpture shows the internal anatomy of the pregnant woman, with the unborn baby clearly visible. The stance has been described as a reference to Little Dancer of Fourteen Years by Edgar Degas, a work that previously inspired Hirst when he created Virgin Mother.