Sun | Jan 20, 2019

Sculptor Basil Watson selected to create monument for Martin Luther King Jr

Published:Monday | December 31, 2018 | 4:22 PM
Culture Minister Olivia Grange (right) speaks with sculptor Basil Watson - Contributed photo

Minister of Culture Olivia Grange says she is happy to receive word that Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson has been selected to create a monument in honour of the American civil rights icon, Martin Luther King Jr.

Watson, who has created sculptures of Jamaican olympians Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Frasier Pryce under contract with the Ministry, was given the nod to design the tribute to Martin Luther King Jr, which will be erected in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Basil has been one of our leading sculptors and this is a recognition of the great work that he does and an endorsement of Jamaican talent. I look forward to his design, which I know will be awesome and inspiring," Grange said.

Watson’s monument is due to be completed by the end of 2019.

He is currently designing monuments in honour of Jamaican athletes Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell.

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