Bolt gets iron statue in Germany

THOUSANDS of fans have been converging on an exhibition dubbed ‘Yard Art’ in the town of Varel, Germany to see ‘Bolt of Bolts’ a larger-than-life iron image of track superstar Usain Bolt.

Fuelled by the sprinter’s exploits at the World Championships in Bejiing, China, the statue has drawn throngs, and attracted the attention of German newspapers and television stations.

Diedel Kloever, a 54-year-old musician and visual artist, made the statue. He was born in Varel and is pleased that the statue has been drawing such large crowds.

“Bolt is a sprint extraordinaire, one of the greatest that the world has ever seen. I am really proud to have ties with Jamaica,” said Kloever, whose wife, Marcia Kloever aka Sista Gracy, is a reggae singer from St Mary.

The statue of Bolt, made entirely of bolts and screws was inspired by his first world record-breaking run in Berlin 2009. It was completed in 2012 after an exhausting labour of love by its creator.

Battered tin platings were used for the athlete’s clothing, and even the athlete’s Puma logo

made of three tongs and a crane hook is included.

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