On Feb. 13, The Bahamas Government awarded a $74,000 contract to Peter Johnston and Richard Appaldo of Johnston Studios Foundry in the House of Assembly to construct a bronze statue of former Bahamian Prime Minister, the late Sir Lynden Pindling.
The statue will be erected at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in New Providence on July 10.
During a recent bronze casting at the Foundry in Little Harbour, Johnston explained that the statue will be five feet, six inches (5’ 6”) tall, and mounted on a four-foot granite marble base to soar at more than nine feet once completed.
Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin said Sir Lynden’s life and work are “linked to the history of the modern Bahamas and the major advancements of the Bahamian people.” She added that he will join the ranks of other freedom fighters around the world who are being memorialized in a similar fashion.
Along with a committee, the family of Sir Lynden were involved in the selection process of Johnston, who said he was honoured to have been commissioned to sculpt such a masterful piece that will become a part of the nation’s history.
Standing alongside the life-size statue, Johnston explained that they submitted a three-foot model to the committee, which was approved on Feb. 12 in the House of Assembly.
To construct the statue, Johnston and Appaldo are using the 5,000-year-old Lost Wax process. With the use of materials like iron, foam and modeling composition, the duo are fine tuning the proportions and dynamics of the statue.
The head of the statue is completed so far, and the statue will be casted into 14 pieces.
“We will cast it hollow, then reassemble it and weld it together with a stainless steel internal framework to make it solid,” Johnston outlined.
The men will receive further approval this month when the committee travels to Abaco to view their progress. Once approved, the statue will advance to the next stage of plaster molding, then on to wax, and finally casting.
Johnston estimated that the amount of material used for just the statue weighs between 1,200 to 1,500 pounds with the base adding an additional 3,000 pounds.