Local artist creates statue of Usain Bolt

September 23, 2016
Rasbert Turner Photo Usain Bolt Up designed by sculptor, Paul Napier
Rasbert Turner Photo Usain Bolt Up designed by sculptor, Paul Napier
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Spanish Town-based artist and teacher, Paul Alphanso Napier, has put his true interpretation of multiple gold medal winner Usain Bolt into being.

Napier, a graduate of the Edna Manley of Visual and Performing Arts, teaches at one of the town's inner-city high schools.

Napier said his respect for the three-time Olympics 100m and 200m gold medallist was inspiration for the project.

"We are blessed to have a great athlete such as Usain in our midst, so it was very inspiring to get the work done that represents him," Napier told STAR Sports.

The statue, although standing a mere two feet tall, bears a striking resemblance to the athlete, who himself stands at more than six feet tall.

Napier said that it took him two weeks, working mostly evenings to finish the sculpture.

He said that he developed the statue from a rubber mould, then fibre glass and finished with metallic paint.

Napier said that his aim is to make a worthwhile contribution to Bolt's legacy through the Arts.

He said that he intends to also do another statue for Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as she too is an unsung hero.

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