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Fraser-Pryce's maquette to be unveiled tomorrow

Friday, June 22, 2018

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THE maquette of the statue to be erected in honour of Jamaica's two-time 100m Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be unveiled at a ceremony at Jamaica Pegasus tomorrow.

The date was disclosed by Olivia Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, in a release on Wednesday.

The ceremony is expected to start at 11:00 am and will take place in the hotel's Port Antonio Suite, the release said.

Grange had said earlier that Fraser-Pryce had been shown the maquette “and is quite pleased with it”.

A maquette is a small-scale model or rough draft of an unfinished sculpture. It is used to visualise and test shapes and ideas, the release said.

Renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson was commissioned to design and create statues of four of Jamaica's outstanding sports stars, Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell, as part of the Jamaica 55 Legacy programme.

Minister Grange had said that the statues were part of the process of memorialising and celebrating Jamaica's athletic achievement.

The release said Minister Grange pointed out that along the way in the production process, the athletes have been consulted by the sculptor about the design of their statues. She said, too, that at each stage, the sculptor had provided a maquette to present a visual representation of the sculpture.

The first of the statues, that of Bolt, was unveiled in a glittering ceremony at Statue Park last December.

The Fraser-Pryce statue, now in the island, will be erected close to that of Usain Bolt in Statue Park and will be unveiled at the end of this track and field season, Grange has indicated.

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