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Overnight car park closures as Verity becomes a reality

[Tuesday 2 October 2012]

Photo - View of Ilfracombe harbour

An Ilfracombe car park is to close for one night this week to prepare for a 20 metre tall sculpture by artist Damien Hirst.

The Pier car park, which is owned by North Devon Council, will be closed to the public from just after midnight until 8am on Wednesday 3 October . This is so the area can be cleared, ahead of a temporary works compound being erected.

The car park will also be closed during the same times on Monday 8 October, when the artwork, called Verity, actually arrives on site.

Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Development at Ilfracombe, Councillor Mike Edmunds, says: "There will be some disruption at the Pier car park over the next couple of weeks. However, with much of the preparation and the arrival of the sculpture being overnight, that disruption should be kept to a minimum. During the days, there will also be some car park spaces out of action to allow for the installation work to continue. Yet there will still be plenty of other spaces available. And, once Verity is up, the car park will be accessible up to 8 November for everyone to come and see the sculpture for themselves, whilst enjoying what the town has to offer."

The car park will also be closed for one further night, again from midnight until 8am on Sunday 14 October. This is to allow for safety barriers to be put up around the site, in preparation of the sculpture being hoisted into position. The contractors will then spend a further week finishing off the sculpture's installation, with landscaping and signage following at a later date.

To find alternative Ilfracombe car parks that are open overnight during the closures, visit the council's interactive map on our website.

Meanwhile, the Pier car park will be partially closed from 8 November, as it does every year, to allow for the site to be used as a boat store during the winter months.

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