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Tree sculpture to mark liberation
Impression of bronze tree sculpture
Permission for the sculpture will be decided in the New Year
The Jersey Public Sculpture Trust is asking for planning permission to put a bronze tree on the Waterfront.

The innovative 20ft (6m) sculpture has been commissioned to mark the 60th anniversary of the island's Liberation from German Occupation.

If approved, the six metre tall artwork will be put on an existing sculpture plinth at the north west corner of the Elizabeth marina.

The tree is said to symbolise the island's re-growth since liberation.

The planning department says a decision over the sculpture will be made in the New Year.

An existing Liberation sculpture by Philip Jackson shows a line of figures releasing doves of peace.

Liberation Square, Jersey
The 50th anniversary sculpture depicts the release of doves

It was unveiled by HRH, The Prince of Wales on 9 May, 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary.

Next year, the 60th anniversary will be marked in the island with a weekend of events and celebrations.

Current plans include a Parish Day on the Saturday, a day of remembrance on Sunday and a programme of official events on Liberation Day, which is 9 May.

Liberation Day itself is the day the Allied Forces accepted the surrender of the German commandant of the occupied Channel Islands.

A spectacular show for the entire island centred on St Aubin's Bay is also planned.

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