The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport said today that the maquette of the statue to be erected in honour of Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce will be unveiled at a ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus on Saturday, June 23, 2018.
The ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m. and will take place in the hotel’s Port Antonio Suite.
Minister Grange had said earlier that Shelly-Ann had been shown the maquette “and is quite pleased with it.”
A maquette is a small scale model or rough draft of an unfinished sculpture. It is used to visualize and test shapes and ideas.
The renowned Jamaican sculptor Mr Basil Watson was commissioned to design and create statues of four of Jamaica’s outstanding sports stars, Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell as part of the Jamaica 55 Legacy programme.
Grange had said that the statues were part of the process of memorialising and celebrating Jamaica’s athletic achievement.
The Minister pointed out that along the way in the production process, the athletes have been consulted by the sculptor about the design of their statues. She said that at each stage, the sculptor had provided a maquette to present a visual representation of the sculpture.
The first of the statues, that of Usain Bolt, was unveiled in a glittering ceremony at Statue Park last December.
The Shelly-Ann statue, now in the island will be erected close to that of Usain Bolt in Statue Park and will be unveiled at the end of this track and field season, the Sports Minister has indicated.