Renowned Jamaican Sculptor Basil Watson has been commissioned to create a monument in honor of Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The artist was named the designer of the statue to be erected in Atlanta, Georgia later this year.
Watson had prior to this been contracted by the island’s ministry of culture, gender, sports and entertainment to create images of Olympian Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Frasier Pryce
“I am very proud that Basil Watson, an outstanding Jamaican artist, has been selected to develop a monument celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Olivia Grange, the minister of all four portfolios said: “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.”
Watson who is currently designing monuments in honor of Jamaica’s Olympic athletes Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell said, “I look forward to his design, which I know will be awesome and inspiring.”
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