First look at Guernsey's Liberation 75th anniversary statue

The first few images of a statue, which will mark the 75th anniversary of liberation in Guernsey, have been released.

The life-size design aims to reflect both the past as well as the island's modern celebrations. The idea is that the 'future' element will be created by people interacting with the piece once it is installed.

It has been designed by college lecturer and local artist, Mark Cook, who also designed the donkey and foal statue located in Market Square.

I am keen to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of our Liberation in a lasting way that will help the young people of our island ensure that the memories and celebrations associated with our special day continue for many, many years to come.

Sir Richard Collas, Guernsey's Bailiff

The sculpture will be cast in bronze and, on completion, will be permanently located in a prominent town position. Apart from these details, and these images, any other details in relation to its appearance remain unknown.

These pictures were released as a sneak preview of the artwork. Credit: Guernsey College of Further Education

While I am sworn to secrecy in that I can't reveal the full extent of the piece - I am one of only very few people over the age of 25 who has been allowed to see the sculpture before May next year - I can assure you that young people and their families will relate to it well. I believe that selfies and Instagram-able moments will see images of this interactive memorial spread far and wide by locals and visitors alike, helping others to understand and appreciate such an important part of our unique cultural heritage.

Sir Richard Collas, Guernsey's Bailiff