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Jersey Girl - St. Helier, Jersey Channel Islands
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 49° 11.039 W 002° 06.677
30U E 564762 N 5448289
Quick Description: This statue of a naked girl flying through the air represents women's freedom achieved after World War II and was inspired by the nearby statue in Liberty Square erected on the 50th Anniversary of the day Jersey was liberated.
Location: Jersey
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 12:03:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMM37H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 3

Long Description:
The building that the statue stands outside used to be an abattoir and had stood derelict for a number of years. Starting in 2008 a project was undertaken to renovate the building and the area around it.

The building was renovated and where possible retains it's original structure but upgraded for modern uses. The site is now multi-purpose and houses, retail units, office space, apartments, a bus station and the Tourist Information Centre.

The Island of Jersey has a policy of encouraging developers to install art work whenever new development takes place. Harcourt Development, the company that did the work employed sculptor Rowan Gillespie to produce this statue.

"Jersey Girl's arms are stretched, is liberated of her clothes and is flying free, overlooking the new development including the Tourism office.

Below her is a circle of brass and locally sourced Jersey granite - taken from the old sea wall with inspiration quotes chosen by the artist.

The centre circle contains 19 LED lights casting a blue glow up to the sculpture at certain times.

The artist, Rowan Gillespie said inspiration was drawn from the islands wartime history.

"On my first visit to St Helier I was impressed by Philip Jackson's Liberation sculpture and became fascinated by the wartime history of Jersey.

"I found myself thinking of the legacy of the liberation on society today, in particular women who through their part in the war effort tasted a new independence which has grown to the levels we see today." link

The statue connected by a wire from one of her toes to a metal support is free to move and it rotates as it is caught by the wind. This increases the effect of The Jersey Girl flying free.

The quotes in the pavement underneath the statue are as follows.
All good
things are wild and free
Henry Thoreau

No-one is free even the birds are
chained to the sky
Bob Dylan

Freedom is just chaos with better lighting
Alan Forster
Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: The Jersey Girl

Figure Type: Human

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Rowan Gillespie

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 06/02/2010

Materials used: Bronze

Location: Liberty Wharf

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