Sir John gets a face-lift courtesy private sector
Toni Nicholas feature such cultural icons as Sir Dunstan St. Omer, Derek Walcott, Sessene Descartes and Harry Simmons. The close to 100-foot wall will portray a united Saint Lucia.
“This we will do by featuring business people who have made great contributions to the country such as Adjodha, an Indian; JQ Charles, a black man; and Robert Devaux, a white man.”
In preparation for the next stage of the project, Alwyn St. Omer told the STAR that he has drawn in all the figures and illustrations in order to bring in select talented, unemployed, young artists to help with the painting of the mural. The Ministry of Creative Industries came on board with contributions toward the cost of materials.
And what of his other dream? “It is all in the hands of the authorities. I mean, we had the sod-turning ceremony in 1989, at Tru Garnier at the Castries waterfront. The late Romanus Lansiquot was there, as was Sir John.
“We are soon honoring him with a posthumous hero’s award, so I think we should also do the right thing and implement this dream of a monument,” said St. Omer.
One of the artists is seen here painting the mural on the 100 foot wall near
Faux-a-Chaud in Castries. (Photo Bill Mortley).