Two statues

I really wanted to have a LSR this morning but family life got in the way and this was reduced to a ‘6 mile try as hard as you can run’. I ran, I tried, I got cold, it was windy but dry.

Yesterday after parkrun as the weather was so lovely we headed out to Ilfracombe. I have been wanting to go for a while to visit Verity. Verity is a Damien Hirst creation, she stands 20.25 metres tall (66.43 feet) and weighs 25 tonnes. Devon’s very own Statue of liberty.


That’s her from across the water. Quite a sight. Now I am not even going to begin to explain the deep meaning she holds, click here if you want to read more and want to see a front picture. (this I could not take as I did not have a floating crane with me!) Now opinion was divided in our party, (as I am sure it is in the town and across Devon), two to one as to whether she was lovely or not, I will let you make your own mind up. Verity is pregnant, one profile view shows a beautiful lady with child, the other profile shows a cross-section revealing the foetus and muscles underneath all anatomically correct I am sure. The lighting and my iPhone camera does not catch the cross-section so well, apologies.

I think she is quite amazing.

Across the other side of Ilfracombe we found another statue, another female but very different if stature and meaning.

This is Kate


I love her too. Sadly Kate was a Russian student staying in the town, when she fell to her death from Hillsborough a cliff the other side of the harbour. Her family commissioned the statue and dedicated it to her.

Lots of other photos taken, more doors, windows and a new collection ‘turrets’ I knew you would be pleased!

A lovely afternoon enabling me to get lots of ammunition for further Janathon blogs.


About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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12 Responses to Two statues

  1. madhat2014 says:

    I love the statue of Kate. 🙂

  2. runtezza says:

    Thanks for the pictures — hadn’t heard of either statue and was touched by both, particularly Kate. What a sad story. Well done on the tough six miler this morning!

  3. iwalkicycle says:

    Well done on your 6 miles! That is good going, especially with tired legs. Love the light in the picture behind Kate, it’s gorgeous!

  4. dadoorunrun says:

    I love those statues, nice to see women depicted.

  5. plustenner says:

    love the statues and the stories..

  6. paigesato says:

    what a juxtaposition of the stages of life. I love both statues, Verity for tugging at the mind, and Kate for tugging at the heart.

  7. Red Hen says:

    I`ve seen, and been particularly unimpressed by, Damien Hirst`s dot paintings and his skull sculpture, so I`m pleasantly surprised by Verity. The background to Kate makes that statue all the more beautiful and poignant. What a nice way to commemorate that poor girl.

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  9. fortnightflo says:

    Both gorgeous statues, the story about Kate is very sad.

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