Commissions

“Art should be set free for everyone to enjoy” – Gillie and Marc. .

Over the last ten years, Gillie and Marc have helped both private investors and councils to make a diverse range of monumental artworks. These sculptures quickly went viral on social media and received a huge amount of love from the community. The artists have celebrated past events, paid tribute to historical figures such as soldiers and late sports icons, and honoured spiritual figures. Gillie and Marc belive that public art is so important because it: · Unifies the community · Encourages interaction · Increases visitors · Makes a statement · Creates a destination · Lasts forever .

Gillie and Marc are seasoned experts in a variety of materials including bronze, brass, steel and fiberglass. The artists can work to any size and budget. They will advise on all aspects of the production process from design to size, timing, finishing, delivery and installation. Collaborating with Gillie and Marc is a guarantee to make a beautiful and positive impact on your community!

Please call or email Gillie and Marc to discuss your sculpture or painting – gallery@gillieandmarc.com or 02 9700 7103

To see a portfolio of Gillie and Marc's public art, visit their website: www.gillieandmarcpublicart.com

Standing Watch Anzac Soldier

Permanently installed at Darwin Military Museum, NT

Darwin Military Museum commissioned Gillie and Marc to pay tribute to the Anzac soldiers who bravely fought in WWII. The Government organisation is a very popular tourist destination, ranking second out of 104 sites on Trip Advisor. Every year they hold a Remembrance Day ceremony where retired diggers come along. The artists wanted to create a soldier that would educate foreign tourists while paying warm respects to past soldiers.

This was a wonderful honour and even more important to the artists as Marc’s grandfather fought in Gallipoli. He was shot but survived and was later honoured as a hero. Marc’s grandfather was a kind, loving man and a wonderful grandfather who passed away from lung disease, the effects of mustard gas. Gillie and Marc decided to create this bronze sculpture based on an old photo of him before he went to battle. To all the Anzacs we will never forget the sacrifice you made.

Run For Your Life

Permanently installed at Australia Zoo

When Steve Irwin passed away the whole world mourned Australia’s national treasure. In 2015, Australia Zoo commissioned Gillie and Marc to create a commemorative artwork to be unveiled for the zoo’s annual Steve Irwin Day. The Day represents everything that Irwin was passionate about: family, wildlife conservation and fun.

The artists wanted to honour the life and legacy of the beloved Crocodile Hunter while staying true to his playful and adventurous spirit. Hence the sculpture is a tongue-in-cheek piece made to look like the croc is jumping out of the water.

Run for your life is permanently installed at Australia Zoo in Queensland.

Pit Pony

Permanently installed in Collinsville, NSW

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 and unity to the small town.

The Collinsville community branded together to raise nearly $200,000. Gillie and Marc created a life-sized, pit pony bronze statue that is situated in the centre of the town. The campaign went viral and made news headlines across Australia. The Pit Pony brought a small community together and wowed a nation.

Ricky Ponting

Hobart’s Bellerive Oval

Hobart’s Bellerive Oval is Tasmania’s only venue that hosts international cricket matches on its whopping 20,000-person grounds. Gillie and Marc were commissioned to immortalise beloved former Australia captain, Ricky Ponting who was born and bred in Tasmania.

To Ponting’s absolute delight, he unveiled a statue of himself before the first Test against the West Indies in 2015. The artists have aptly portrayed Australia’s highest-run scorer mid-play, performing his famous pull shot. This signature stroke sent fear into bowlers around the world and was used in over 168 tests during his 17-year-long career.

Paying Respects

Carindale, QLD

Citipointe Christian College is a primary and high school based in Brisbane. The school commissioned Gillie and Marc to design an Anzac memorial in time for Remembrance Day.

The artists created a boy holding an official military hat as a way to pay respects and represent the loss of life without being too literal or traumatising for the students. The artists felt that the younger school children in particular, might find the boy more relatable. The school said the sculpture “created a real buzz among the students” with some even trying to guess if the artwork was modelled off one of the students. It was also an effective way to introduce the topic of war and conflict.

Paying Respects is dedicated to remembering all Australians who have served their country in the armed forces in wartime or with peacekeeping.

Lavalla Table and School Boys

Cairns, QLD

Gillie and Marc were commissioned by St Augustine’s College in Cairns to create an artwork the students could enjoy while also teaching them religious history.

The artists flew to Cairns to meet with the principal and administration to brainstorm initial ideas. They came up with four ideas and then relayed them to the students. The final product was Lavalla Table, named after the village in France where St Marcellin Champagnat established the world’s first Marist school. The table also includes two statues of boys talking to each other.

After it was put into the playground, it became a huge hit. It’s strong enough so the children can sit at the table and have the lunch. The feedback has been they’re on it everyday and the students love being a part of this important historical event.

Matthew Bowen

Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council, Queensland

Matthew Bowen is a revered rugby league player and one of NRL’s community ambassadors. He grew up in Hope Vale, an indigenous community in Cape York. Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council commissioned Gillie and Marc to create a sculpture of Bowen. He’s an inspiring figure to the local community, and a bronze was a fitting tribute. The artists portrayed a strong and muscular Bowen running with the ball, to show off his talent and sporting prowess.

The Travellers Have Arrived

Langwarrin, Victoria

Each year in Sydney an outdoor sculpture exhibition called Sculpture by the Sea takes place for four weeks along the coastal walk of Bondi and Tamarama. Gillie and Marc have been a part of this festival twice now and have taken out awards for their artworks that have been seen by over a half million people

In 2012, the artists created The Travellers Have Arrived for the event. The festival director’s response was that it was “brilliantly modelled” and a highlight for many visitors.

“Bondi is a pilgrimage,” Marc says “Backpackers from around the world flock there to call it home. The characters were inspired by Mary and Joseph. So the sculpture represents Bondi as a modern-day Bethlehem.”

The Travellers Have Arrived exemplifies the way art can make us feel small. These artworks remind us that we’re just like everyone else, we’re never alone in our travels – whether they’re across the world or across town for coffee. We’re all just ants in an ant farm.

The Travellers Have Arrived is now on permanent exhibition at the McClelland Sculpture Park in Langwarrin, Victoria. The McClelland Sculpture Park is Australia’s leading sculpture park, and an innovative space for contemporary sculpture to be shown.

Wheat Lumper

Cummins, Lower Eyre Peninsula

South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula has a rich history with the grains industry and the community of Cummins wanted to recognise their past with a piece of public art.

The physical efforts of the wheat lumper was critical to the loading and unloading of wheat bags at the railway sidings throughout Eyre Peninsula.

A small park known as the Railway Triangle is also a part of the town’s heritage. Gillie and Marc decided to honour both these things by installing their sculpture Wheat Lumper in the park.

The sculpture pays tribute to the men who used to carry and stack bags of wheat, often up to 90 kilograms, for transportation. The idea came following the release of the book, Grain Handling: The Way It Was by the late Jim Cronin.

Darrel Baldock

Latrobe, Tasmania

Gillie and Marc were asked to create a bronze statue in Darrel’s likeness, so that his legacy could be immortalised at Latrobe. DARREL “Doc” Baldock started out an ordinary bloke from Quoiba, but during his lifetime he left a lasting legacy both statewide and nationally.

Mr Baldock captained the St Kilda Football Club to its only premiership in 1966, was a champion horse breeder and trainer and a state politician until 1987, when he retired to coach his beloved Saints.

School Children

Emanuel School, Randwick

Commissioned by Emanuel School, to create 2 school children to be erected at the front of the school for the children and parents to interact with as they walk by.

The Journey Ahead

Mosman Prep School, Mosman

School can be a daunting place, especially for the kindergarten kids who have never worn a uniform before and might be leaving their parents for the first time.

Mosman Preparatory School commissioned Gillie and Marc to make an artwork that would reflect their school spirit. The artists wanted to give anxious children a sense of community, to feel safe in their “home away from home”.

Rather than the usual sculptures that loom over everyone, Gillie and Marc’s artwork sculpture sits at eye level of the students instantly creating a sense of warmth and friendliness. The older boy puts a comforting arm on the younger one as though guiding him while the younger one looks up to him with admiration. The Journey Ahead reflects the school as a safe space. It’s the perfect example of school spirit and unity.