St George’s, Grenada — The Nutmeg Princess has been added to the world’s first underwater sculpture park at Moliniere Bay in Grenada. The statue depicts Grenada’s first fairy tale princess emerging from a large nutmeg pod, reaching to the heavens with a handful of Grenada’s most famed spice, the nutmeg.
The 11-foot tall sculpture was inspired by the 1992 book The Nutmeg Princess by Grenadian author/playwright Richardo Keens-Douglas and designed by artist Lene Kilde.
“I am humbled. Seeing the sculpture of the Nutmeg Princess descend into the water made me feel like a child reading the book all over again! It is an honour to know that something so Grenadian and enchanting now has a home at a beautiful underwater park,” remarked Richardo Keens-Douglas.
The Nutmeg Princess has since been republished over six times, has been scripted into a play, and has recently been included in Canada’s top 100 books for children of all time. In the story, the princess is a positive character who represented the land. Her motto being “If you believe in yourself all things are possible.”
This iconic statue now joins nearly 100 sculptures at the underwater sculpture park that was developed in 2007. The park is an artificial reef that forms a substrate for the growth of marine life. Strategically placed within a marine protected area, this marine gallery can be seen by snorkelling, diving and viewing from a glass-bottomed boat.