Jude, I promise you there is a beach down there when the tide is out. The problem is you would need to swim, paddle board or arrive by boat. Or, you could roly-poly, because unless you ‘re one of the hundreds of sheep that live on the side of the hill below the coast path, I don’t think you could walk down to it.
This bench is on the South West Coast Path, England’s longest waymarked footpath, 630 miles around the peninsula from Minehead in Somerset, via Cornwall and Devon to Poole in Dorset. It goes without saying that is it one of the best walks in the world. Pick yourself a stretch when you visit the UK.
Jude’s Bench Challenge for May is ‘At the Beach’ and you still have time to join in.
When Damien Hirst decided to loan an artwork he created, to his home town of llfracombe in north Devon, he provoked a huge reaction. Verity, as she is named has been standing on the harbour there for nearly three years, all 66 feet of her. She is made from stainless steel and bronze and the plinth she stands on is a pile of law books. In one hand she holds the scales of justice and the other, raised to the sky, holds a sword. Here she stands facing the sea.
Her belly swollen with child, she is described by Hirst as ‘an allegory for truth and justice’.
One side of her body is peeled away revealing not just her unborn baby, as many people focus on, but also the muscle and sinew of her own body
I was shooting into full sun and as Verity was unable to turn from the light, I couldn’t photograph in all directions. I’ve edited this photo to try to show a little more.
Her shoulders are those of a powerful woman, a force to be reckoned with.
Here she holds the scales behind her back.
I’m rather fond of Verity, I find her thought provoking.
I’d really know what you think of her?