Damien Hirst has recently been given the go ahead for perhaps his most controversial work to date, with plan to build an entire village near his childhood home. The proposed 750 home eco-town has been drawn up by architects MRJ rundell + associates and will develop an area on the edge of the seaside town Illfracombe in Devon.

Damien Hirst has already left a mark on the town with his colossal sculpture ‘Verity’; A 66-foot tall bronze depicting a pregnant women holding aloft a large sword. The artist/town planner also owns a restaurant in the area, which rather fittingly specialises in seafood.

The new town is set to benefit from the latest in renewable energy technology featuring environmentally friendly wind turbines, solar panels and insulation. The entire project is predicted to take 10-15 years to complete and will draw on Hirst’s iconic style and artistic flair. It remains to be seen whether the houses will be painted with his signature multi coloured spots or if animals in formaldehyde will be on sale in the local supermarket!

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