Jersey percentage for art scheme marks 10-years

Image caption On a health building on Gloucester Street Chris Knight and SI Applied there is a swirling vortex of mackerel on etched glass

A scheme designed to see more public art in Jersey was launched a decade ago and planners describe it as "very positive" for the island.

Kevin Pilley from the planning department said the Jersey percentage for art scheme was evolving.

The scheme has seen works from the likes of Antony Gormley and Mariel Neudecker in St Helier.

Mr Pilley said developers were now focusing more on working with schools and local groups.

"You can get lots of benefits from this, it isn't just about the artistic output it can be about engaging the community in the design of the project."

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Image caption The River of Light project will represent an ancient stream that ran through the Charing Cross Area
Image caption Jersey Girl by Rowan Gillespie is in St Helier hanging from a wire allowing it to swing in the wind
Image caption Designed by Michael Sandle, the casts on the side of 50 La Colomberie represent night and day
Image caption A series of panels featuring stacked cars on the side of a car park designed by locally based artist Ian Rolls

Colin Mcleod from the Channel Islands Co-operative society recently announced one of the largest percentage for art projects to date.

It will see a "river of light" created in Pitt Street, St Helier, featuring underground lighting and words.

Image caption The Co-operative building features birds on the wall highlighting the importance of the site in the Battle of Jersey
Image caption The bollards on the Esplanade in St Helier were created by Anthony Gormley going along the lane next to the building
Image caption A two part work by Mariel Neudecker called 2.5 million years and Doppelganger in on the Esplanade

This is a voluntary scheme but planning officers say they do consider the artistic contribution when looking at the application, especially for larger projects.

Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, said in future people will look back and be pleased the work was created.

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