The sculpture of track and field legend, Usain Bolt, is on schedule for completion for Jamaica’s 55th Independence celebrations in August.
Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, recently disclosed that the eight-foot sculpture will be mounted in the Statue Park at the National Stadium in Kingston.
The sculpture will serve as a lasting tribute to the sprint sensation, whose world record-breaking performances in both the 100 and 200-metre sprints have left the world in awe.
The statue, commissioned by the ministry, is being designed and created by renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson.
“We are on schedule to complete this statue by Independence and to have the mounting coincide with Bolt’s final World Championship in London,” Grange said.
Bolt has indicated that the London meet in August will be his final competition.
Grange noted that the Government has been recognizing and saluting Bolt’s achievements throughout his outstanding career.
“He will be spoken about and studied by athletes for generations to come. I am determined that Jamaica will do its part in memorialising and celebrating this once in a lifetime athlete and there are more things to come,” she said.
Grange was speaking at the recent media launch of the JN Racers Grand Prix, which will be Bolt’s final competitive race in Jamaica.
Statues of three other outstanding track and field athletes including Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Asafa Powell are also slated to be mounted at the Statue Park as part of the development of the National Stadium complex, which includes the National Sport Museum.