Mallards return to Jersey Airport
Senator Terry le Sueur, the outgoing Chief Minister, unveiled a popular sculpture called Décollage on Monday 14th November in its new location at the Airport Roundabout.
Décollage - the representation of mallards taking flight - was previously located in the departure lounge of Jersey Airport and Barchester Healtcare, the group behind the adjacent Lakeside Manor and Pavilions, were delighted to step in and meet a major part of the project cost of returning the sculpture to the Airport.
Work began in the previous week to landscape, illuminate and reposition the feature at the Airport Roundabout. AC Mauger Construction has carried out the work, while lighting and electrical supply to the roundabout has been supported by Jersey Airport. A contribution has also been made by the Le Fondré family.
Senator Terry Le Sueur said he was honoured to receive the invitation to unveil Décollage as one of his final duties as Chief Minister. He said: "I was disappointed when 'the Mallards' had to leave their original location in the Airport, and kept pressing for some way of achieving their return to the Airport area, where they symbolise flight. I am pleased that they can now be seen by everybody, and I am delighted to welcome the sculpture back."
Mike Parsons, Founder and Chief Executive of Barchester Healthcare, said: "It has been a pleasure to take the Décollage under our wing and help restore this beautiful sculpture to its former glory. Lakeside Manor and Pavilions is set to open in March 2012 and we're happy the mallards are already in a row to welcome the people that will live there."
Les Johnson FRBS, International Sculptor who created Décollage, said: "I hope the sculpture will continue to give pleasure to the people of Jersey, and I look forward to revisiting the Island and seeing the Mallards flying again!”