A $74,000 contract was signed by the government and artist Peter Johnston to construct a life-size statue of the country’s first Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Pindling.
The bronze statue, which will be 5ft 6ins tall and will be mounted on a four-foot platform (making the structure more than nine feet high) will be put up in the Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport on July 10, 2014.
Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin said Sir Lynden’s life and work is inextricably linked to the history of the modern Bahamas and the major advancements of the Bahamian people.
This commissioning, she said, will cause him to join other iconic figures who were freedom fighters in their own countries and who are being similarly memorialised.
The family of Sir Lynden were involved in the selection process of Mr Johnston.
Mr Johnston said it was an honour to be chosen as the sculptor of such a piece that will stand as a part of the nation’s history.