Pit Pony (Bronze Sculpture)
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The Pit Pony Experience Project was a community-driven idea to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the last working pit ponies in Australia. Wharrier and Mr Ed retired from the Collinsville Coal Mine in 1990. The ponies were mates to the miners and symbols of strength, unity and companionship in the small town. The Collinsville community banded together to raise nearly $200,000. Gillie and Marc created a life-sized pit pony bronze statue, which is situated in the center of the town. The project went viral and made news headlines across Australia. The Pit Pony brought a small community together, and wowed an entire nation.
Buffering the race horse (Bronze Sculpture)
Archbishop Polding and his horse (Bronze Sculpture)
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Archbishop John Bede Polding is an extraordinary man who lived from 1794-1877. Gillie and Marc were asked to commemorate this local legend in bronze for Rosebank College in Five Dock, NSW. Gillie and Marc created the Archbishop Polding sculpture along with his horse, because in one month alone he was known for having traveled over 1,500 kilometers on horseback, preaching and praying to help those in need. The sculpture inspires the community to be kinder and more welcoming, while at the same time passionately driven towards a better tomorrow for all. Born in Liverpool, England, Polding arrived in Sydney on September 13th, 1935 to become the city’s first bishop. While initially met with suspicion, his dedication and gentleness gained him respect from even his most adverse opponents. Polding attended to the needs of the general public, the sick and dying, the poor and disadvantaged, as well as the spiritual needs of prisoners. For 30 years, he worked with love and open arms to create a truly Australian Catholic Church. Polding, a recognized academic, fought for education and established two monasteries, as well as the first Australian religious community. Inside or outside of the religious community, he is a heartwarming example of human goodness. His extreme compassion coupled with dedication, allowed him to establish some of Australia’s most respected institutes, and touch the lives of people for generations.
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