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.