A tale of two 'SOLS'


SWRD's magnificent statue yet strides towards the sea at Galle Face. A few years ago I heard a fascinating first person story of its sculpting from a Lankan student in

Moscow. The Russian sculptor had been faced with the problem of depicting SWRD's flowing Ariya Sinhala garb. He then came across my acquaintance, clothed him in an Ariya Sinhala dress [loaned by our Embassy] and used him as the model. This youth was Solomons Junior, son of the People's Bank Chairman.

One Solomon stood in for his distinguished namesake Solomon W.R.D.B !


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