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Public art installation at the College Gardens residential development

A two-year ‘Percentage for Art’ public art project that reflects the important, social, economic, educational and cultural achievements made by the former Jersey College for Girls School has now been installed at the College Gardens residential development.

The redevelopment of the former JCG site by Jersey Development Company, represented a unique opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the understanding and appreciation of public art in Jersey. As such, as substantial Percentage for Art contribution has been provided for a historically contextualised public art initiative, which has played a vital and cultural role in the regeneration of this major architectural masterpiece and iconic island landmark.

The project began in September 2016 and actively involved students from JCG where they researched how women’s roles in society changed between 1888 to 1999 during the period of the school’s life at the former Jersey College for Girls building.

After reviewing the school’s history and most notable alumni, set against the cultural backdrop of women’s changing roles in society over the last century, students worked closely with commissioned artist Derek Tristram, which included the production of a visual schematic clay piece that represented seminal moments in the school’s 20th century social history.

Derek a professional local artisanal stonemason, who specialises in all aspects of masonry (best known for his monumental stone carvings in at Corbiere and St Aubin’s village) worked closely with the students to agree a final piece of design before carving into stone, which depicts the way in which women’s roles in society have changed over the last 100 years and how they have achieved personal success within that context.

The final piece was recently installed adjacent to the old Greek theatre within the grounds of the new development. Prior to installation, the students spent one final session with Derek at his St Ouen studio and similar to the ‘Dome’ where departing students signed their names on its timber walls, the students signed their names on the inner sides of the pieces before they were sealed together.

The official unveiling will take place once the development is complete in Spring 2019.

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