The Celebrity Animal

Dimensions All Life Size

Materials Bronze

 

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Exhibited in 2015 at Bankstown Central Shopping Centre, Sydney Shoppers stopped in their tracks and jostled for selfies when seven life-sized sculptures of celebrities with a quirky difference were unveiled in shopping mall, Bankstown Central. Gillie and Marc’s sculpture collection includes Arnold ‘Stag’ Schwarzenegger, Pamela ‘Poodle’ Anderson, Dr ‘Bear’ Evil  and Jessica Rabbit. “Everyone has a fascination with celebrities,” explains Gillie. “So we came up with the Celebrity Animal series so that people could get up close and personal to the stars and have that feeling of brushing shoulders with fame.” Marc said they were also parodying celebrity culture. “Celebrities are the new royalty and shopping centres are the new galleries of the world,” he explains. Celebrity Animal received a huge amount of media exposure. The hashtag #bankstownfamous went viral on Instagram and the ‘celebs’ brought in significantly more visitors to the shopping centre. After the series was launched in Bankstown, it made its way to Sydney’s version of Hollywood – the Entertainment Quarter before moving on to the Jing'An Sculpture Park in Shanghai. “Jing’an is the world’s biggest outdoor sculpture exhibition so being invited to be there was a real career highlight for us,” says Gillie. “On top that, Shanghai is such a beautiful city with so much innovative and unique work that of course, we became very inspired.”