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Bob gets new statue for 70th birthday

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham
Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer Osmond Watson sanding down the new unfinished life-sized statue of the late reggae super star Bob Marley, at the Trench Town Culture Yard in Kingston yesterday. Sculpted by Scheed Cole, the completed statue will be unveiled on Sunday. Cole was commissioned to do the statue in the latter part of December last year to replace the old one.
Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer Making way for the new statue of the late reggae super star Bob Marley at the Trench Town Culture Yard in Kingston yesterday. This old one, which came from the Bob Marley Museum and set up in the Yard in 2004, will be renovated and erected at the park on First Street in Trench Town where Bob Marley used to play.
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Just in time for the 70th birthday celebration, a new life-size likeness of the late Robert Nesta Marley will be unveiled at the one-time home of the reggae icon in Trench Town, Kingston.

Under the Agency for Inner-City Renewal, the $10.2-million project to renovate the Trench Town Culture Yard tourist attraction, a new Bob Marley statue was commissioned (sculpted by Scheed Cole), as well as directional signs and storyboards. Additionally, rehabilitation and emergency electrical work has been done at the facility where Marley lived during his teen years.

The old statue, which came from the Bob Marley Museum and was set up in the yard in 2004, will be renovated and erected at the park on First Street in Trench Town where Bob Marley used to play.

The unveiling of the new statue and renovated Cultural Yard takes place this Sunday as part of a grand 70th birthday celebration, which begins today at the Bob Marley Museum in St Andrew.

Following Sunday's unveiling, there will be a flurry of activities under the banner 'The Spiritual Trod of Bob Marley', which will include a symposium, serving of Bob's favourite cornmeal porridge and an outside broadcast. In the evening, there will be an international event at Boys' Town, featuring a host of artistes.

Bob Marley - singer-songwriter and musician, who achieved international fame and acclaim - was born on February 6, 1945, and died May 11, 1981.

anastasia.cunningham@gleanerjm.com