Countdown To Sir John Statue
A facelift of Constitution Park in the heart of the city is continuing apace for the unveiling of the Sir John Compton Monument on February 22 – St. Lucia’s 35th anniversary of political independence.
The old cobblestone tiles in the Park are being dug-up and removed to make way for new ones. The rotten trunk of a historic large tree on the Western side of the premises has been uprooted to make way for the pedestal on which Sir John’s statue will sit. That iconic tree had been ‘killed’ some time ago because falling branches were deemed a hazard to the public, and its sprawling crown blocked the light that was necessary to grow and keep the lawn below.
St. Lucian Sculptor, Ricky George, the creator of the John Compton piece, says the ground preparation and erection process are on course for the erection and subsequent unveiling during the Independence celebrations.
There already is a monument at Constitution Park – that of the Marquis de Castries, the French nobleman after whom our capital city is named. The pedestal for the Sir John Monument is being constructed in front of the bust of the Marquis, facing the Castries City Council building on Peynier Street.
Another monument, The Freedom Monument, is to be erected in Vieux Fort at another date.
Sir John died in September 2007 after more than 50 years in public life, including 31 years as head of government.