Grange welcomes maquette discourse
Sport Minister Olivia Grange said that despite criticisms of the maquette of the statue being created for Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, she is happy that there is public discourse about it.
Fraser-Pryce's statue's maquette, a small mock-up of the final product, was unveiled at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on June 23. However, much like when fellow Olympian Usain Bolt's was unveiled ahead of his statue last year, the Jamaican public has given a largely negative response to it, saying that it does not look like the sprinter.
But Grange told The Gleaner that this was expected, especially after the response to the maquette of Bolt's statue.
"I think that we can only benefit from the conversation," she said. "When you treat with a statue, normally the public does not get a chance to see a maquette. They see the statue itself when it is unveiled. So I'm saying to the public right now, what I have done is to ensure that you are engaged in the process. It is good to get the feedback from the public and to be able to assess if what you are doing is ensuring that the people are a part of the conversation."
SENSE OF INCLUSION
Grange said that the reason the maquettes of statues of athletes such as Bolt and Fraser-Pryce were unveiled to the public, is to give it a sense of being included in the process.
"I would want to encourage everyone to understand that it is our respect for them why we have actually unveiled a maquette," she explained. "It is so they can be part of the whole development of this monument that is going to be mounted in tribute to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who has been one of our most outstanding women."
Grange had previously said that the statue, being sculpted by Basil Watson, will be unveiled at the end of the track and field season. It will be mounted at Statue Park at Independence Park, at the National Stadium, where Bolt's monument is located.