'River of light' to bring town's past and future into public view

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PLANS to turn a quiet town street into 'a river of light' featuring the story of St Helier's past, present and future have been revealed by the Co-op.

The organisation hopes to revitalise Pitt Street using pulsing floor lights, carvings, new paving and historical texts as part of the redevelopment of its Charing Cross store.

The street – a narrow walkway which connects Dumaresq Street to Charing Cross – is to be transformed under the Island's Percentage for Art policy, under which developers install public works for the benefit of the community.

Under the plans, Pitt Street will feature a timeline carved into the paving stone covering 1,000 years of St Helier's development, including important moments in the town's architectural, military, cultural, political and religious history and embedded lighting will pulse along the street and the whole installation will symbolise Le Grande Douet – the ancient stream that ran through Charing Cross and which was essential to the development of the Island's capital.

The concept for the project was developed by public art consultant Chris Clifford, who worked with architects Axis Mason to bring his design to life.

Read more about the plans in Tuesday's JEP.

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