Standing 67 feet high at the entrance to the harbor in Ilfracombe, England is a bronze statue by artist Damien Hirst resembling a cross between the Statue of Liberty, Lady Justice and something else entirely.  Her name is Verity  (from the Latin Veritas which means Truth).  She arrived here in 2012 on a long term loan from the artist to this North Devon community.  She has been controversial ever since.  She is pregnant, unclothed and the other side of the statue lacks even her outer skin exposing her skull, muscle and the baby in her womb.  Standing on a pile of legal books, she holds the scales of Justice behind her, and the sword of Justice high and proud.  There is so much here that I will be posting a photo essay in the thoughts and reflections section soon.  For now, enjoy the possibilities.  You never know what you might find when you step out the door….

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I am a professor of Political Science at Colorado Mesa University on sabbatical in the fall semester 2018. I study public land policy and a wide variety of other subjects. Currently I am studying about European Landscape Policies while on sabbatical. That is the focus of this blog.

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