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Bronze artwork will commemorate 75th anniversary of our Liberation

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A PERMANENT commemorative bronze piece of artwork is being created to go on display in a prominent Town location to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation.

The work is currently being finalised at the Guernsey College of Further Education.

The design is being kept under wraps for now, with the public being told only that it reflects the past as well as the island’s modern celebrations – the present – with the future element of the tableau being created by people interacting with the piece once it is installed.

Bailiff Sir Richard Collas said he was pleased to see the project coming together.

‘From the germ of an idea back in April, which gave little time, I am thrilled that the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture has progressed it with great speed and enthusiasm,’ he said.

‘I am keen to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of our Liberation in a lasting way that will help the young people of our island ensure that the memories and celebrations associated with our special day continue for many, many years to come.’

The sculpture has been designed by college lecturer and local artist Mark Cook.

Space was created in the college’s painting and decorating department for the work to be created and activities related to the project have been incorporated into the curriculum for students undertaking creative qualifications.

During the construction process, students and staff have been able to observe and discuss progress on an ongoing basis.

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ESC president Matt Fallaize said the project had been an effective learning tool.

‘More young people will be visiting the piece before it is used to form the cast for the eventual bronze sculpture,’ he said.

Sir Richard said he had been sworn to secrecy.

‘I am one of only very few people over the age of 25 who has been allowed to see the sculpture before May next year,’ he said.

‘I can assure you that young people and their families will relate to it well.

‘I believe that selfies and Instagram-able moments will see images of this interactive memorial spread far and wide by locals and visitors, helping others to understand and appreciate such an important part of our unique cultural heritage.’

Juliet Pouteaux

By Juliet Pouteaux
News reporter

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