Transport and Technical Services (TTS) has commissioned local artist, Matt Daly, through the Jersey Arts Trust, to paint the hoarding boards that are being erected to protect the site of the major drainage project that has just started in the Phillips Street area of St Helier. The mural will start being erected on Tuesday 4 December.
Matt used 90 sheets of 8ft x 4ft plywood, resulting in a total mural size of 55 metres long by 5 metres high, making it the biggest mural that Jersey has ever seen, and can be enjoyed by the public for the next 12 months or so whilst the work on the project site continues.
The images on the mural illustrate the whole Island, running from east to west, and covers the landscape of Gorey to Corbiere; sunrise to sunset. Matt said: “The main theme was to illustrate the tunneling works for the North St. Helier Flood Alleviation Scheme, so in the mural there’s tunnelling machines, cranes and men at work, along with other humourous underground details such as worms, moles, dinosaur bones and dodo skeletons. Above ground, there are various local buildings, birds, red arrows and big flowers – it’s all very bright, colourful and quirky!”
Sasha Gibb, Visual Arts Coordinator at Jersey Arts Trust, said: “Jersey Arts Trust is delighted to be working with TTS and Matt Daly to really make a difference to the site. We are always looking for ways to develop public art in Jersey, and TTS thoroughly understand the social benefit of involving an artist with their project. We look forward to seeing the mural installed and to more joint projects in the future.”