Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

Musician and writer Amanda Palmer last week posed in New York as a beautiful painted replica of Damien Hirst's 'Verity' statue, which stands on the shores of Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Palmer who is eight months pregnant with her first child - a baby boy due in September - stood majestically atop a mountain of books outside the New York Public Library. Her body was painted in an 'anatomical cross-section', revealing the growing foetus inside.

Amanda Palmer posing outside the New York Public Library in the children's book drive.
Amanda Palmer posing outside the New York Public Library in the children's book drive. Photo: Instagram

With a background in music and street performance art in her early days in Boston, Palmer posted on her blog that it was her way of "doing a kind of goodbye Thing before going off to birth this baby." 

Without disclosing exactly what she was going to do, Palmer urged, "PLEASE bring a children's book (or more than one!) to donate to the NYPL's early literacy program. The performance is in part a book-drive to get books to kids (and their parents) who don't have access."

Her performance garnered considerable social media attention on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and some much-needed attention for the event, which reached its goal in the number of book donations.

Damien Hirst's 'Verity' statue on Ilfracombe pier shows a vivisection of a pregnant woman.
Damien Hirst's 'Verity' statue on Ilfracombe pier shows a vivisection of a pregnant woman. Photo: Instagram

Palmer's husband Neil Gaiman was on hand to donate his own children's book, Chu's Day, and support his partner. He can be seen in the last photo, extending his hand to help her down the stairs.