Nineteen-year-old Julian Forde has a very promising career in sculpture ahead of him. The Lodge School alumnus recently presented a miniature sculpture of an African slave to the Culture Division Prime Minister’s Office, Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael on October 13.
Forde, who is currently a student at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology, said he originally created the sculpture for his CXC art exam, the sculpture earned him a grade 1, was made with plaster of Paris.
“I created the sculpture last year for Black History Month, it depicts the black slave and breaking away from slavery. I decided, as it was Black History Month of black people, to create something that details our experience as Africans through the transatlantic slave trade. As you can see from the detail of the carving, the red marks show the whipping that the slaves had to endure. material used is Plater de Paris, it comes in powder form then you mix it with water and place it in a mold, you have to beat it to get the air bubbles out I then placed it in a box and when it got solid I sculpted it into the shape you see here today,” he said.
Special Advisor for Culture and Cultural Heritage, Senator John King, praised Forde for his exceptional craftsmanship.
“It’s important that we bring young people like you to understand blackness and black history. On October 12 every year we celebrate International Reparations Day and hopefully next year we can ask you to create a bigger sculpture for us. Carving is something that we don’t find passed down to young people and I want to thank his parents and everyone who encouraged him to carve for the great job they did because this sculpture is definitely a work of art. The sculpture and the theme are important as we move forward as a people,” he said.
King added that he was also proud of Forde as he is also a graduate of the Lodge School, which shows current students what they can achieve if they are true to the school’s motto “Possunt Quia Posse Videntur – They can because they think they can.”
“He graduated from The Lodge School, a fantastic place where one simple motto has impacted so many lives. I want to thank you on behalf of the Culture Division as this piece ties into the running theme we have here in the household of liberation and liberation as black people,” he said.
Forde’s sculpture can be seen mounted on a white podium in the Culture Division – Prime Minister’s Office. He was all smiles as he took photos with Special Adviser on Culture and Cultural Heritage John King and his mother Fay Forde, owner of F&J Leather Craft and Shoe Repair.