Bolt of Bolts

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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GERMAN musician Vita Diedel Kloever has paid tribute to Olympian Usain Bolt by creating a life-size statue of the world's fastest man.

The statue, which is called Bolt of Bolts, is made entirely of bolts and scrap metal and is in Germany. The 51-year-old Kloever told the Jamaica Observer that he is blown away by the superstar sprinter's exploits and thought this was a great way to show his respect.

"Bolt is a sprint extraordinaire, one of the greatest that the world has ever seen. I am really proud to have ties with Jamaica," said Kloever, whose wife is Jamaican.

He said he got the idea to create the statue in 2009, the year Bolt won the World Championship sprint double in Berlin, Germany. But Kloever did not gather enough material until 2011.

In March, Kloever began work on the image which he completed in four months.

"My greatest desire is that this statue of Usain Bolt be at its rightful place and that is in Jamaica. As an artist, this would be a great honour for me," he said.

Kloever was born in Dangast, Germany, in 1961. After high school, he developed an interest in visual and performing arts and later became bass player for German reggae group Herbman Band.

"I began travelling to Jamaica in order to increase my knowledge about the culture and music. In 1985, I met my wife Sista Gracy in Jamaica, who is also my music partner today," he said.

The Herbman Band is known throughout Germany for songs like My Praises, a collaboration with Sugar Minott; Yardy Dub, Shining Star and Spiritual and Humble.

Ten years ago, Klovever refocused on his creative side, sculpting figures from scrap metals.

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