|“Truth (Victoria Memorial)”|
by Sir Thomas Brock
The 66.4 foot tall sculpture stands on the pier at the entrance to the harbour in Ilfracombe, Devon, in the U.K., looking out over the Bristol Channel towards South Wales. 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. The other side of the monumental stature shows the "skin" peeled away from the figure to reveal the unborn child within.
For me, here again is a truly perfect metaphor for Truth: because the Truth carries within the birth of a new life, a new evolution, a precious Child to protect and nurture.