Basil Watson
Born 1958, Kingston, Jamaica. Attended Jamaica School of Art, Kingston, Jamaica.

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'The National Windrush Monument'

Maquette, Bronze
Part of the Art Jamaica Collection.
The Basil Watson Sculpture Windrush at London Waterloo Maquette at Art Jamaica

The PSSA Marsh Awards 2023:
"THE PUBLIC VOTE"
2023

for the most popular new sculpture shortlisted for
the 2023 Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture

Winner: Basil Watson for

'The National Windrush Monument'
at Waterloo Station, London, Bronze:
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A large sculpture by Basil Watson is situated at London's railway station - a national windrush monument

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'Shadow' 2008

Bronze

Part of the Art Jamaica Collection.
Basil Watson sculpture of a female nude - part of the Art Jamaica collection

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'Martin Luther King' 2021

A new monument of in Atlanta
by Basil Watson
on the very street that bears his name
Martin Luther King Sculpture in Atlanta
The 12-foot statue of Martin Luther King

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New Rosa Parks statue unveiled in Montgomery’s Legacy Plaza

WSFA 12 News, Feb. 14, 2024
A bronuze sculpture of Rosa Parks is unveiled - 12WSFA article image
A new statue of civil rights legend Rosa Parks was unveiled Wednesday in Montgomery. The public can view the work of art in Montgomery’s Legacy Plaza, located across from the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum.

Created by acclaimed Atlanta-based sculptor Basil Watson, the work features Parks in the seated position, with her legs crossed. There is, however, no bench under Parks, making it appear as though she’s floating above the pedestal with her feet gently touching the base.

This is one of three statues that will call Legacy Plaza home in the coming months, according to the EJI. There are plans for a “major statue” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as Troy native and longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis.

“This Black History month, on Valentine’s Day, there are many of us who want to express our love, appreciation and gratitude to Mrs. Rosa Parks whose extraordinary leadership inspired the whole world,” said EJI Director Bryan Stevenson. “As someone who had the privilege of spending time with Mrs. Parks, I can affirm that she had the kind of power and conviction that could absolutely change the world. We are thrilled to honor her at Legacy Plaza.”

The Plaza currently hosts a brick sculpture honoring civil rights marchers and a mural created by local artist Kevin King.

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“ROSA PARKS” at Legacy Plaza

Basil Watson in Instagram
The Rosa Parks sculpture by sculptor Basil Watson
The mission of EJI is doing a fantastic job making a powerful statement with the various developments, The Lynching Museum, The Legacy Museum and Freedom Park to come.

It’s an honour to have my work in the Legacy Plaza.

Basil Watson, February 2024

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EJI Unveils New Rosa Parks Sculpture in Legacy Plaza

Equal Justice Initiative, 02.14.24
EJI Unveils New Rosa Parks Sculpture in Legacy Plaza
This morning, EJI unveiled a new statue honouring civil rights legend Rosa Parks at Legacy Plaza, across from the Legacy Museum in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.

The sculpture of Mrs. Parks is the first of three statues that will be erected in Legacy Plaza in the coming months. EJI plans to create a major statue honouring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will honour the extraordinary John Lewis with a sculpture.

A gathering place for visitors to the Legacy Museum, Legacy Plaza is home to a brick sculpture honouring civil rights demonstrators and a mural created by local artist Kevin King.

The new Rosa Parks statue was created by the acclaimed Atlanta-based sculptor, Basil Watson, who recently created a statue of Dr. King for the City of Atlanta, located near Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“This Black History month, on Valentine’s Day, there are many of us who want to express our love, appreciation, and gratitude to Mrs. Rosa Parks, whose extraordinary leadership inspired the whole world,” said EJI Director Bryan Stevenson. “As someone who had the privilege of spending time with Mrs. Parks, I can affirm that she had the kind of power and conviction that could absolutely change the world. We are thrilled to honor her at Legacy Plaza.”

The unveiling was attended by Mrs. Parks’s colleague and fellow civil rights advocate, Doris Crenshaw, who founded the Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute in Montgomery; Georgette Norman, former director of the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery; and Dr. Tommie Tonea Stewart, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University.


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