A 23-year-old St Philip student has walked away with a trophy and a $20,000 cheque after emerging the winner of a contest to design a monument in observation of Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence.
Taisha Carrington, the only female and youngest among the five finalists, was this morning announced as the winner of the Barbados at 50 Monument Design Competition.
Carrington, who is currently studying fine arts at the Pratt Institute in New York, said it had always been her desire to leave a mark on Barbados.
“It meant so much to have the opportunity to have a place in history like those who wrote our anthem [and] those who did all the amazing things that made our country what it is. It is beyond phenomenal to be able to stand among them and say I give Barbados its first national monument,” Carrington said at the ceremony at the Main Guard, Garrison,
The competition, which was opened to Barbadians locally and abroad, started on February 3 and attracted 48 entrants.
In addressing this morning’s ceremony, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart predicted that erecting the monument would improve the Garrison as a heritage tourism site.
Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural organization.
“We are not subtracting from Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. we are really adding to Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison and we are creating yet another reason for visitors to this island to want to come to this part of Barbados and to inhale all of the fragrances for which Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison is so well known,” Stuart said.
“Every time our product is developed it makes our tourism industry a little stronger and a little more competitive. So heritage tourism is very much an agenda item on all that we are doing here in Barbados and to have a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and on that site to have planted a Barbados at 50 monument is bound to be a source of enrichment to our product offerings in the area of heritage tourism,” the Prime Minister added. (MM)