Damien Hirst Plans To Create His Own British City

Damien Hirst Plans To Create His Own British City

The artist's large-scale architectural project aims to create ideal housing.

Serena Chu
  • 12 december 2013

Damien Hirst is looking to build a small community on the edge of the seaside town of Ilfracombe, which will be nicknamed “Hirst-on-Sea”. From his planning proposal, we can expect the community to welcome 750 homes, a school, shops, health centre, offices, sports pitches, playgrounds and cycle paths. Somewhat fed up with the design of lifeless buildings, Hirst “wants these houses to be the kind of homes he would want to live in.”

But just because he would want to live in them doesn’t mean the same can be said about everyone else. Concerns regarding this land expansion have been raised. Residents in the area are worried that the new plans will not only invade their privacy, but also swamp local services.

According to one resident:

Damien Hirst has done good things here but this is far too big. He already owns a restaurant, hotel and harbour properties – it’s starting to feel like Damien domination.


Not too long ago, Hirst raised a 66ft sculpture of a naked, pregnant woman because he thought it would help attract tourists to the city. People have been skeptical about statue, but when compared to the Hirst-on-Sea project – which will be reviewed by the North Devon council next year – it is only a drop in the bucket.

Damien Hirst

Source, Image: Telegraph


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