Sir John gets a face-lift cour­tesy pri­vate sec­tor

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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).

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