Newly re­stored, 10-year-old Faux-A-Chaud Mu­ral

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

“When I de­signed this wall, I wanted a visi­tor to Saint Lu­cia to have an idea of who we are as a peo­ple,” Al­wyn St. Omer, de­signer of the mu­ral says.

The artist said he is hop­ing that the wall serves as a sym­bol of na­tional unity and na­tional pride. He also hopes that Saint Lu­cians es­pe­cially see the wall as more of an apo­lit­i­cal sym­bol – “it’s not a Flam­beau thing or a Labour thing.”

The close to 100-foot wall brings a sense of vi­brancy to a com­mu­nity that makes the news mostly for the wrong rea­sons. While many walls are built to di­vide, the artis­tic work-in-progress spear­headed by St. Omer seeks to bring peo­ple to­gether in unity and peace. “We’re hop­ing that af­ter the draw­ing stage is done, I would like to give some of the tal­ented young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to work with me on this wall,” St. Omer said.”

The new mu­ral was achieved through the in­valu­able as­sis­tance of cor­po­rate clients who helped in cash or kind and the Min­istry of the Cre­ative In­dus­tries. Col­lec­tively, their con­tri­bu­tions helped to­wards achiev­ing this Land­mark Artis­tic Ven­ture of Art in Public Spa­ces and as­sisted in cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment, work­ing to­ward the unity of our peo­ple and, by ex­ten­sion, the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the City of Castries.

The main artists are Al­wyn St Omer and Sab­rina Ro­mu­lus with sup­port­ing artists Ty­rone Steel and Julio St Omer. Paint­ing the mu­ral also in­volves the as­sis­tance of a crew of scaf­fold­ing as­sis­tants, Martin Louis and Owen An­drew, among the many. Work­ing on the wall, at some­times great heights and in traf­fic, would not be pos­si­ble if not for their help, con­stantly po­si­tion­ing and repo­si­tion­ing the scaf­fold­ing to al­low paint­ing. The con­cept for the new mu­ral is cen­tered on Na­tional Unity and Peace. Sir John Comp­ton,

Sir Ge­orge Charles and the na­tional flag are cen­tral fig­ures sur­rounded by il­lus­tra­tions rep­re­sent­ing out­stand­ing St Lu­cians, his­toric events, agri­cul­ture and tourism, based

on the theme of St Lu­cia’s Na­tional Motto, “The Land, the

Peo­ple, the Light”.

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