The 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations Secretariat has broken ground to commence erection of the National Monument which will be officially revealed at midnight on November 30, 2016.
The monument, designed by 22 year old artist Taisha Carrington, will be constructed on the inner field of the Garrison Savannah in the southern section and will be accessible via the inner ‘exercise’ track.
The wheel chair accessible structure which is likely to become a major tourist attraction, will highlight significant events in Barbados between November 30, 1966 and November 30, 2016 and will feature the national emblems of the Coat of Arms, the Pledge, the Flag and the words of the National Anthem. The Monument will house the commemorative Broken Trident, which is currently being displayed across the island. It will also be the home of a time capsule which will be opened on November 30, 2066. Members of the public will have the opportunity to vote on its contents.
The monument will represent a journey through time and to the future. It will feature a platform that will encourage persons to observe the past, present and future with the help of a specially designed sundial. It will also remind visitors of the significant events and the defining moments in our history since becoming an independent nation.
Expected to be completed by October 31, 2016 work on the monument will be carried out by the Barbados Defence Force as the building contractor and will cause minimal disruption to the activities at the Garrison Savannah. “Once the preliminary excavation is completed, the construction area will be enclosed. All vehicular traffic to and from the construction site will use the existing access and inner ring road,” explained Director of the Natural Heritage Department and Chairman of the Barbados At 50 Monument Committee, Steve Devonish. He added that there were prior discussions with other Garrison stakeholders including the Turf Club, The Barbados Rugby Club and the Ministry of Housing.