Press Release:- A massive mural dubbed “Faces of Marchand Mural” is expected to be unveiled here next month, in the community of Marchand.
The mural, which got underway in June of this year, was commissioned by the Department of Culture and Creative Industries with the full endorsement of the Minister, Senator Hon. Fortuna Belrose.
The mural is being spearheaded by well-known Saint Lucian visual artiste Gary Butte and will adorn the walls of the “Mindoo” Phillip Park, an iconic edifice of the community.
Among the faces that will grace the mural is that of the late great sportsman Francis “Mindoo” Phillip, after whom the park was named.
The other faces include another sports icon – Mrs. Alicia John, who served the sport of cricket both as an administrator and a player, for decades.
The mural will also feature the late music educator, sports-woman and broadcaster Ms. Denise Joyce Auguste, Steel pan master Mr. Gregory “Shining” Emmanuel of Diamond Steel, Musician and Saint Lucia’s Goodwill Ambassador Hon. Taj Weekes, Businessman and politician Mr. Phillip Joseph Pierre, who for 23 years (to date) has been the parliamentary representative for Marchand (which falls within the Constituency of Castries East), Ms. Sonia George, one of the pioneers of the Saint Lucia Girl Guides Movement, Msgr. Patrick Anthony who has made a tremendous contribution to religion and culture and Saint Lucia’s first native Governor Sir Fredrick Clarke.
Senator the Hon. Fortuna Belrose says that she is quite pleased to see this project coming to fruition, showcasing one of the many facets of Saint Lucia’s creative industry.
According to Minister Belrose; “the mural will serve as a source of inspiration to the young people in our community and give an understanding as to the great foundation that we are standing on”.
“This is quite an ambitious, yet worthwhile project that we are quite pleased with, particularly in light of the fact that not only can we celebrate some of our icons of the past, but a number of them who are still with us today, who continue to make their contributions in various disciplines to our society,” Minister Belrose says.
She went on to acknowledge that the project is in sync with the overall beautification of the city of Castries of which Marchand is an integral part and should never be forgotten or left out.
“Our Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet is very big on this; creating green spaces as well as the uplifting of the overall look of our communities and the country as a whole and so we are very proud to be taking the lead here in Marchand,” the Minister further stated.
The artiste Gary Butte has engaged the principal of the Marchand School to involve students in the project as well as young persons from the community. The “Faces of Marchand Mural” is expected to be completed by mid-August of this year, after which a second phase is expected to be initiated.