The Basingstoke Observer has reported a prototype of a statue of our Jane will be unveiled later this week with a life size statue to be unveiled in July.
The statue, the world’s first, is to commemorate our Jane’s death in 2017 and is part of a year long celebration of her legacy. The statue will be located in the Basingstoke town centre.
From the article:
Basingstoke sculptor Adam Roud has been commissioned by the Hampshire Cultural Trust to create the world’s first Austen sculpture, in order to continue the local feel of the tribute.
Basingstoke MP Maria Miller will be on hand for the unveiling, and said: “Jane Austen is a writer of worldwide repute.
“Born in the borough, she is a women who broke the mould in her generation.
“I am delighted that she is to be recognised in a sculpture; it is a fitting tribute to her, not only locally, but will also serve to reinforce her place in history as one of the finest writers.’