Bahamas Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, along with a delegation of government officials and a review committee travelled to Abaco on Nov. 4 to view the progress of the Sir Lynden Pindling statue being constructed at the Johnston Studios Foundry in Little Harbour.
Earlier this year, a $74,000-contract was awarded to Peter Johnston and Richard Appaldo of Johnston Studios Foundry.
Accompanying them to the foundry were MP for North Abaco Renardo Curry, MP for South Abaco Edison Key, Senator Gary Sawyer and Administrators Preston Cunningham, Neil Campbell and Deral Wells.
Johnston’s youngest son, Tyler Johnston, welcomed their guests and led them to the foundry where his father Peter, his older brother Greg Johnston, Resident Artist Richard Appaldo, and Desmond Hepburn, an apprentice, awaited their arrival.
During that time, the selection committee held a private discussion therefore the media was not privy to those details.
However, in an earlier interview, Peter Johnston explained that the statue will be five feet, six inches (5’ 6”) tall, and be mounted on a four-foot granite marble base to soar slightly over nine feet once completed. The statue was constructing using the 5,000-year-old Lost Wax process.
It will weigh in at a whopping 800 plus pounds taking at total of six to eight months to complete, according to Appaldo. The statue is presently in the wax stage, and once final approval is received from the committee, they will cast the statue into approximately 14 pieces before inserting steel and welding it together.
Meantime, the unveiling of the Sir Lynden Pindling statue to the nation is expected to take place next year on July 10, 2015, and will be erected at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in New Providence.