Work began last week to landscape, illuminate and reposition the feature at the Airport Roundabout. The major part of the project cost is being met by Barchester Healthcare, the group behind the adjacent Lakeside Manor and Pavilions. AC Mauger Construction has carried out the work, while lighting and electrical supply to the roundabout has been supported by Jersey Airport. A contribution has also been made by the Le FondrÃ© family.
Senator Terry Le Sueur said he was honoured to receive the invitation to unveil DÃ©collage as one of his final duties as Chief Minister. He said: "I was disappointed when 'the Mallards' had to leave their original location in the Airport, and kept pressing for some way of achieving their return to the Airport area, where they symbolise flight. I am pleased that they can now be seen by everybody, and I am delighted to welcome the sculpture back."
Mike Parsons, Founder and Chief Executive of Barchester Healthcare, said: "It has been a pleasure to take the DÃ©collage under our wing and help restore this beautiful sculpture to its former glory. Lakeside Manor and Pavilions is set to open in March 2012 and we're happy the mallards are already in a row to welcome the people that will live there."
The project has the full support of both the Parish of St Peter and the Minister for TTS. St Peter Constable John Refault said: â€œThe Airport Mallards statue has been the recent subject of much public opinion and I am delighted to have been able to draw all necessary agencies and funding together to return DÃ©collage back to the Airport in a position that enables all Islanders the opportunity of enjoying it.â€
Lakeside Manor will provide residential and nursing services, as well as dedicated dementia care. The new home will create around 100 new jobs. The building was designed by architect Robert Adam.
Les Johnson FRBS, International Sculptor who created DÃ©collage, said: "I hope the sculpture will continue to give pleasure to the people of Jersey, and I look forward to revisiting the Island and seeing the Mallards flying again!â€