Damien Hirst has drawn up plans to build an entire town, spread across 187 acres of land in Devon just miles away from the site of his controversial statue of a pregnant woman in a next-door seaside resort. The artist has submitted a planning application to North Devon council which will see a township of 750 eco-houses, a school, shops, health center, offices, sports pitches, playgrounds and cycle paths on the edge of the seaside town of Ilfracombe and has already been nicknamed ‘Hirst-on-Sea’ and will incorporate land from Hirst’s own Devon home, Winsham Farm a wildlife haven which Hirst bought for £900,000 ($1.2 million) ten years ago.
The inspiration for the township comes from Hirst wanting to build the kind of homes he would want to live in. However, there have been concerns from the local community as residents in the area are worried that the new plans will not only invade their privacy, but also swamp local services. Hirst was previously in the news when he raised a 66ft-sculpture of Verity, a naked pregnant woman because he thought it would help attract tourists to the city. His ambitious plans will be reviewed by the North Devon council next year. If approved, Hirst will also lend his input on the design of Hirst-on-Sea.
[Via – Telegraph]