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Damien Hirst's 22ft Charity statue coming to Bristol

Damien Hirst's Charity statue
Image caption The statue will be displayed outside the RWA for the next year

A 22ft high Damien Hirst statue is to be displayed on the top of the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol.

The statue, called Charity, is of a collection box of a girl with teddy bear and her leg in callipers.

The RWA said Bristol-born Hirst has "scuffed her appearance and burgled her charity box to highlight the erosion of society's values".

The Charity statue was originally installed outside London's White Cube gallery in a 2003 exhibition by Hirst.

The RWA said it was "thrilled to host this landmark" which will remain on the building at the bottom of Whiteladies Road for a year.

Hirst is well known for his headline-grabbing conceptual artworks, which include sharks suspended in formaldehyde and a skull encrusted in diamonds.

He recently announced he had stopped making installations in favour of traditional paintings by hand.

The statue is being installed at the start of June a short distance from the Bristol Museum which hosted a Banksy exhibition in 2009.

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