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Bob stands tall for 70th

Published:Sunday | February 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer


A new life-size statue of reggae legend Bob Marley is now standing at his former home - Culture Yard in Trench Town.

A gift from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) in celebration of the late icon's 70th birthday, the statue was unveiled by Tourism and Entertainment Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill last Sunday.

The statue, sculpted by Scheed Cole, who hails from Trench Town, was commissioned by McNeill as part of a multimillion-dollar renovation of Culture Yard.

He told the gathering at the unveiling that this was in keeping with the ministry's drive to develop cultural heritage sites across Jamaica and further enhance and diversify the island's tourism product.

McNeill added that he was careful in choosing who did the job.

"When I came to visit Culture Yard, I walked through the community and looked at the work of the artists. Scheed's work was very impressive, so we commissioned him, and we are extremely happy with the finished product," said McNeill.

Congratulating Cole and others involved in the Culture Yard project, McNeill said, "This new statue will doubtlessly attract even more visitors to our shores, and to Trench Town, in particular. Of equal importance is the fact that its presence will serve to inspire the youth in his (Marley's) old neighbourhood. It will encourage them to believe in themselves and understand that they can achieve success despite perceived disadvantages."

The unveiling of the statue preceded a community symposium, titled 'Trench Town Culture Village: From Vision to Reality', which included presentations by Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna; Dr Henley Morgan, chairman of the Agency for Inner City Renewal; JaRIA's Junior Lincoln; and Lennie Little-White, executive director of Mediamix/Palm TV.

Photos by Janet Silvera