RUSSELL DRYSDALE RECREATED BY GILLIE AND MARC

On the weekend, Gillie and Marc headed to the Riverina town of West Wyalong to uncover one of their latest projects…

WestWylong_roadInfluential Australian artist Russell Drysdale became an iconic figure after painting a series of landscapes of drought-ravaged 1940s New South Wales. Drysdales painting “West Wyalong” is  recreated in bronze by Gillie and Marc for the town as a 3D version.
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“This interactive sculpture is placed on the street at the exact angle Drysdale painted from,” says Gillie. “We’ve recreated the streetscape, only it is more than double the original size. It’s a real landmark for West Wyalong.”

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(Drysdales original painting ‘West Wyalong’, 1949).

Click here if you want to see the interview of the artists and the uncovering of the magnificent bronze sculpture for the town.

http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n4/news/a/-/national/21615253/the-painting-that-made-a-town-famous-video/

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Our Trip to China

Last week we made a trip to Beijing and Shanghai, to check out our foundries and all the amazing and inspiring art that China has to offer. We land in Beijing and headed straight over to the 798 art district:

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We walk around in very cold temperatures and stop to say hi to a lady on her wedding day, sitting in the boot of a car:
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Everyday is an adventure, we catch the bullet train very early in the morning to visit a foundry just outside Beijing, here we see the welding process:
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To check out our Pinterest Travel board with more pictures visit: http://www.pinterest.com/gillieandmarc/travel/

NEW BOOK OUT SOON!

GILLIE AND MARC – 20 years of marriage and art – A coffee table book – To be released 12/13

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WILLIAM BARAK

We recieved a lovely email over the weekend from Glen Holland, director of Healsville Sanctuary in Victoria that they were filming with Aunty Joy. She is a local Aboriginal elder and William Barak was her great grandfather! So lovely. Image

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WE ARE ONE

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Taronga Zoo today unwrapped 35 life-size adult Black Rhinoceros sculptures that will soon be sighted throughout Sydney and western regions to Dubbo.

Taronga General Manager for Marketing, Paul Davies, said: “We’re calling on artists, designers, creative people in the community and students to decorate these sculptures before they’re installed around Sydney and along the road to Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo creating a rhino conservation trail.”

“We want these blank sculptures to inspire everyone to help us in our efforts to stop the poaching of rhinoceros globally.”

“After they’re displayed from February to April next year, many will be auctioned to raise funds for Taronga’s conservation work, including the Zoos’ efforts for rhinoceros which are being slaughtered by poachers who sell their horns for use in traditional medicines.

Already organisations like Kennards are sponsoring the adult rhinos and 60 NSW schools will also take delivery of a calf sculpture to get creative with. Destination NSW are also supporting the exciting public sculpture trail.”

Artist and designers already involved include Ken Done, Luca Ionescu who recently worked on the Great Gatsby film, street artist, Numskull, Archibald Prize winner Kevin Connor and finalists Gillie and Marc and Beastman, one of the most distinctive and prolific emerging artists in Australia.

The rhinos will be stored by Kennards at their St Leonards warehouse where many artists and designers also will come to produce the finished sculptures.

Mr Davies said: “The particular focus for us will be our funding of TRAFFIC, an organisation which monitors the illegal trade in wildlife. If we don’t act to help stop the slaughter, experts believe by 2015 the number of rhinos poached will exceed the birth rate, tipping this amazing species towards extinction in a few years’ time.”

Gillie and Marc just today finished their piece, ‘WE ARE ONE.’

Artist statement:

The future of Rhino’s is also the future of humanity.

As the population of Rhino’s dwindle to does the world in which we live.
Human survival is liked to the survival of all species, and this is artistically represented as the unborn child in the uterus of the Rhino.
Imagine our children growing up in a world without rhino’s. It would be killing the world as we know it.

The powerful imager of mother and child represents safety and nurture.
Once we recognize our immediate attachment to the rhino mankind will protect it as if it’s their own child.
This is the connection we wish to make, and hopefully this striking image will get the world to see how we MUST save the Rhino.1457450_10153416632015453_1986576010_n.jpg_effected

Street artists have sculptures valued at $500,000 stolen by public

In a social experiment public sculpture artists Gillie and Marc created 100 public sculptures of their famous dog hybrid sculptures. They tied them with dog collars and leads to sign posts on the streets of Sydney. Valued at $5000 each they wanted to see how the public would react. Within hours of the dog sculptures being placed onto the streets they were stolen. Gillie and Marc then decided to try find a way to secure the dog sculptures so they would stay at their posts for longer. They used plastic clamps to tie them to the poles. However thieves were still able to easily cut the ties. These dog sculptures lasted for around 24 hours. Determined to secure them more effectively, Gillie and Marc resorted to heavy steel chains to clamp the remaining dog sculptures. 36 hours later they were all stolen with thieves using industrial bolt cutters.

After 3 weeks 100 dog hybrid sculptures had been stolen from Sydney’s streets. The value of the dogs is $500,000.

So far Gillie and Marc have yet to find any of the stolen dogs and none have appeared on Ebay.

However one of them has been spotted on the roof tops of Bondi Junction.ImageImage