Having King Nyani debut in Bella Abzug Park has been an incredible experience. We are thrilled to host the world's largest bronze gorilla sculpture to raise awareness for the endangered animal. King Nyani has brought by hundreds of new visitors and amplifies the park as a destination within our neighborhood and the city. It is a very welcomed addition to our public space.
It was great working with Gillie and Marc and their team. They were available every step of the way to answer questions and troubleshoot. The collaboration with the HYHK team on the ground was seamless.
Director of Communications & Cultural Engagement
Hudson Yards Hell's Kitchen Alliance
William Birt • Coordinator Design • Ku-ring-gai Council
Kur-ring-gai Council recently commissioned Gillie and Marc to produce a playful sculpture of a large snail for installation within Putarri Reserve Park upgrade in St Ives Sydney. The park contains a children’s play space as well as picnic shelters and an informal turf recreation space. Gillie and Marc created a fantastic, playful bronze snail complete with riding saddle that now sits nestled beneath the trees waiting to be ridden by the ever expanding population of St Ives. The snail was created on time and too budget and Gillie and Marc and their team were a pleasure to work with
Anthony Grant, owner Sculptureum
Amongst the more than 650 works on display at Sculptureum in Auckland are a number that were made by Gillie and Marc. The most significant of them is a life size elephant climbing out of a manhole which is one of our most photographed works on site. Many people have no interest in art and the Gillie and Marc works that are on display fill an important role in helping them to engage with art.
Gillie and Marc were a very professional company to work with, with the knowledge necessary for Developers with little to no experience in the forum of public art.
“The Larry Luing statue has become a focal point on the Berkeley College campus and a favorite place for selfies. It’s centrally located in front of our Renaissance building. On cold winter nights students dress him with a Berkeley blue wool cap and scarf. His presence makes the campus so much more personable and friendly.
What a warm feeling I get when I drive up the hill onto campus and see the likeness of my father there to welcome me. The statue is so realistic. The artists did a fantastic job – thank you Gillie and Marc!”
Barry and the Karamea Council
"We were all very humbled as the paper and plastic covering was slowly taken off and we started to see our eagle (Hokioi) and Te Maia Kahurangi aloft. It was a long awaited moment and we were not disappointed. Gillie and Marc have nailed it. Thank you all very much.
It is a true masterpiece and the team have captured the scene with skill and exceptional foresight to bring the Maori legend of Te Maia Kahurangi, the eagle man, and the Hokioi back to life.
It has been a truly inspiring journey for all of us. Thank you team Gillie & Marc."
"The City of Pompano Beach Florida absolutely loves the sculpture. It is the perfect addition to our growing collection. I think it works so nice at the entrance to the Library and south entrance to the Pompano Beach Cultural Center because of its whimsical charm."
Public Art Program Manager for The City of Pompano Beach
"Gillie & Marc are not only great and honest artists but active ambassadors for important current causes which affect us all directly, as well as being totally lovely people. I am so honored to have met and to have spent a little time with them during our collaboration which has resulted in ‘Together Forever on Wheels’ being installed, for a prolonged stay at The Brunswick. This piece fits perfectly within the sentiment and feel of The Brunswick and will be enjoyed by the millions of visitors to the centre each year. I am overwhelmed by their generous selfless charity work for the affected animals and people during the current catastrophic Australian bushfires. Glad and honored to be associated with these two diamonds."
Marketing Manager | Lazari Investments Limited
Judith A. Hayner
"Working with you and Gillie and Marc on this project was a wonderful adventure, and the results could not be more amazing. Our Moxie has quickly become a beloved treasure of our community and a symbol of the fun and interesting things that people can experience in Muskegon, Michigan. Part of the appeal of Moxie certainly is the whimsical nature of the sculpture, but I truly think that it is the beauty of the work of art that will guarantee its remarkable and continuing impact on our community. Gille and Marc are excellent artists and capture the soul of the animals that they commit to bronze so very beautifully. Our 20 mini-mastodons have also been a huge hit. The Lakeshore Museum Center estimates that they have given away literally hundreds of the small magnets that are the prize for completing the scavenger hunt!
Thank you for giving us exactly what we wanted with this first commission of the MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative!"
Project Director | Muskegon City | Public Art Initiative
Tracy Caldwell Dyson
"Dear Gillie & Marc, I wanted to thank you for the honor you're bestowed in being one of the subjects in your statue art collection. I know not where to begin but to say I marvel at your extraordinary care in representing woman your fine craft. I wish you both much joy and success, it was indeed a pleasure to work with you and witness your talent and vision unfold. I hope to travel in the spring to visit my bronze self and see up close your larger than life display. With many blessings & much respect."
"This portrait is incredibly well done and very beautiful. I love it and will proudly share it with the world. Please give my admiration to Gillie and Marc and let them know that the metaphor sounds like something my grandmother would say. I love it! And everything has such a powerful resonates to the core of my ancestors! With Gratitude"
Tererai Trent | Author of The Awakened Woman
"Gillie and Marc have been wonderful to work with. We have green-lit five of their art projects over the last year, from the Financial District to Park Avenue. I find art kind of off-putting and stodgy, but Gillie and Marc's is really friendly and engaging. You can sit down and have a coffee with their sculptures. You can’t do that with the Mona Lisa."
Vice President | RXR Realty, New York City
"I love their hearts"
CEO | San Antonio Zoo
New York Times
"Gillie and Marc’s Paparazzi Dogs and Rabbit girl have conquered New York City Streets. Gillie and Marc Schattner of Australia have become the New York City’s most prolific creators of public art."
"Thank you to Gillie and Marc. I know that this statue was a project that was close to your heart. It is stunning. It will bring joy to generations and will urge them to consider the legacy of the ANZACs: Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it. Education is the first line of defense against the powerful forces of ignorance and diffidence and the first best weapon in ensuring that the legacy of the fallen is passed onward to future Australians. Lest we be complacent. Lest we be apathetic. Lest our careless indifference muddy the sacrifice of those who thought our future attitude to be worth the price. Lest we forget."
Foundation Headmaster | Wollondilly Anglican College | Tahmoor, NSW
"The bronze sculpture made for us by Gillie and Marc has become an impressive feature of the Eagle Farm Racecourse. Collaboration between our team and the artists during the artwork's creation was a smooth process, and the final product has realistic attention to detail. We couldn't be happier with how it tuned out, and we will enjoy watching our patrons admire the statue as they return to Eagle Farm Racecourse.”
General Manager | Property & Asset Management | Brisbane Racing Club (Eagle Farm Racecourse)
“Like Shandu, rhinos are going belly up in the wild! Shandu is a powerful reminder of the plight of rhinos in the wild, and very popular with Monarto Zoo’s visitors, educating them about the present threats to rhinos. The heartbreaking reality is one rhino is killed every six hours and Monarto Zoo is committed to saving rhinos from extinction by providing them with a safe haven and running successful breeding programs on site.”
Marketing Manager | Adelaide Zoo
Glenda Fitz Payne
“Citipointe Christian College commissioned Gillie and Marc in 2015 to create a sculpture for our newly established Anzac Memorial. The young student dressed in school uniform presenting the Australian Army slouch hat (owned by one of our teachers who is in the Army reserve) was captured beautifully by Gillie and Marc. In 2017 Ps Ron Woolley our Headmaster of 33 years was in his retirement year. To celebrate this auspicious occasion Gillie and Marc were again commissioned to produce two sculptures. The eagle and the family of Australian wood ducks were created in appreciation of the many bird stories presented at assemblies by Ps Woolley. The three sculptures produced for Citipointe Christian College are of high quality, were delivered within the timeframe and are a delight to our community. Thank you Gillie and Marc.”
Development Director | Citipointe Christian College
“Gillie and Marc created a full size sculpture of our beautiful lioness Millie and her three cubs. The work has taken pride of place in the main garden at the entry to the zoo and to Jamala Wildlife Lodge and is a great attraction to many visitors. It is constantly photographed and is a magnificent piece of art.”
Owner | National Zoo & Aquarium
“It was a pleasure to work with Gillie and Marc who brought our idea to life. Efficient, easy to work with and professional in every step of the process.”
Deputy Principal/Campus Leader | Emmanuel College
"The Gillie and Marc pieces at Westfield Bondi Junction have provided a great photo moment for our customers. People of all ages stop to get a snap with the eye catching artwork!"
Marketing Manager | Westfield Bondi Junction | Sydney
"We loaned about ten Gillie and Marc artworks for our opening night and then decided to purchase them to maintain that opening night atmosphere. Since then, the artworks have become an integral part of the personality of the hotel. Everyone including staff members and guests feels an affinity towards them, in particular Paparazzi. It’s a great way of cementing a different personality to our hotel. Gillie and Marc’s artworks are like adopting an extra member of the family or staff member. They are a lot of fun, and always provide a light moment.”
General Manager | Pullman Hotels | Sydney, Australia
“Artists Gillie and Marc have done an amazing job [with Black Rhinos] of capturing such an iconic species in a very lifelike and natural way.”
Director | Dubbo Zoo | NSW, Australia
Adrienne E Clarke
“The Run for your Life sculptures are a welcome and striking addition to our Melbourne campus and appreciated by staff and students. Our family of rhinoceros are prompting discussion, delight and curiosity – traits encouraged by our University.”
Chancellor Professor | La Trobe University | Melbourne
“[Black Rhinos] are a tourist attraction in their own right. A lot of people know Dubbo is the home to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, especially now as we have those great, fantastic statues.”
Deputy Mayor | Dubbo NSW, Australia
My wife and I have been fans of Gillie and Marc for many years now. After purchasing several pieces at their auction we requested a commissioned painting of our daughter. The piece is amazing and was completed with no stress or delay. The whole process from our initial request to completion has been enjoyable and only leaves us more impressed with Gillie and Marc's professionalism as a business. Their talent as artists already speaks for itself and they are terrific people as well. Thank you for a piece which will mean so much to our family for many years to come.
Director of Tennis | School of the Sacred Heart | Rose Bay | NSW
In 2015 the small mining community of Collinsville celebrated the 25th anniversary since the retirement of Australia’s last working pit ponies. The Collinsville pit ponies were in fact Clydesdale horses, renowned for their strength and intelligence. More than just workmates, these horses were loved by the entire community. To commemorate their lives and role in the history of the district, the Collinsville community decided to build a life-size bronze pit pony in the centre of town. After discussing our requirements with several sculptors we outlined our needs for the Pit Pony sculpture with Gillie and Marc. We had researched their work and loved their style and ability to capture the spirit of the subject in every piece. The price Gillie and Marc offered to complete the Pit Pony sculpture was very generous and we embarked on a 60 day campaign to raise funds for the project. Upon successful completion of our crowdfunding campaign, work began immediately on preparing the sculpture. We worked closely with Gillie and Marc, as well as a Clydesdale breeder in Queensland, to ensure every detail on the horse and harness was perfect. The work came along quickly, and our pit pony was delivered well within the timeframe – ready for unveiling! At 10am, on the 28th of November, 2015, the Collinsville community gathered in force to witness the unveiling of our Pit Pony. Even though he was masked in horse rugs, the splendor and strength of the work was hard to hide! After a short ceremony two of the last horse handlers from the Collinsville Mine uncovered the Pit Pony for all to see. It was a very emotional moment for the whole community. Our Pit Pony is now the centre of Collinsville and visitors travel just to see him and have a pat. The grace and intelligence of the creature is inspiring, while the gorgeous bronze allows for a tactile experience – children ride and cuddle him, while adults take photos and remember the days when the pit ponies led our May Day parades through the town. Thank you, Gillie and Marc, for helping us to create this long-lasting and incredibly special monument for our town. Your talent and ability to recreate the majesty that was the Collinsville Pit Pony has brought new meaning to our town and reunited our community in the process.
Collinsville | NSW
“I love Pyramid. It’s been the most photographed thing in town and has brought in a lot of tourism dollars.”
President | Forbes Arts Society | NSW
“The team at Gillie and Marc were highly professional from start to finish and everything was executed with great attention to detail. Their work is simply stunning and stopped customers in their tracks.”
Marketing Manager | Federation Centres/Bankstown Central | NSW
I was taken by Gillie and Marc’s ‘Run for your Life’ installation immediately when I happened upon it in the summer of 2014 at Federation Square in Melbourne. The bronze rhinos were instantly commanding of attention due to their size and creative Sound Box – hearing a heard of rhinos run in the centre of the city was a transportive experience. It was delightful to constantly see children and adults alike climbing all over the sculptures, having their picture taken with them – the works were accessible and appealing to people of all ages and backgrounds. Melbourne has truly embraced Run for your life which is evident in both the public’s physical and digital interaction with the sculptures. Wonderment Walk was very pleased to acquire the installation and was proud to temporarily display it at the SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival in Melbourne over the summer months this year. We are looking forward to permanently placing the installation in Melbourne later this year. We have really enjoyed working closely with Gillie and Marc on promoting the rhinos and the science related narrative of sustainability and biodiversity to new audiences in Victoria.
Founder and Chair | Wonderment Walk | Victoria
Cr. Peter Freshney
“The memorial project has received wide spread acclaim and many people have commented on the physical likeness of the statue to the Darrel Baldock they remember. Gillie and Marc’s work has undoubtedly enhanced the memorial to ‘Doc’ and we hope they are as proud of the finished project as we are.”
Chairman | Darrel Baldock Memorial Committee | Latrobe
As a member of The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts I was appointed the task of providing artistic direction to Gillie and Marc Schattner. I worked closely via email and with Gillie and Marc and understood clearly the artistic process and timelines as defined by the artists. Our statue of Henry Lawson is welcoming and successfully achieves the kind of public response we had hoped for. The whole installment is complementary to our heritage streetscape and adds to the appeal of the town of Grenfell. My particular passion for the Henry Lawson project meant that I conveyed changes where appropriate to the statue to the slightest degree; I can assume that this process would be tedious to other artists however Gillie and Marc were appreciative of the feedback, which ultimately resulted in the end product being something we are mutually proud of.
Member of The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts | Grenfell
“Emanuel School has been blessed to have had Gillie and Marc bring our ideas to life and would not hesitate to recommend them for their dedication to bringing abstract ideas into reality through sculpture, and for their expertise and creativity.”
Principal | Emanuel School
Mr Garry K Brown, OAM
Dear Gillie and Marc It has been a pleasure to work with you in bringing our sculpture from a concept to its realization in bronze. It now sits proudly at the entrance of the school and we are particularly pleased with the finished product. It stands as a testimony to friendship and learning two fundamental aspects of what this School stands for. Thank you
Headmaster | Mosman Preparatory School
"Gillie and Marc were an absolute pleasure to work with. I would have no hesitation in recommending them. They are two very professional, dedicated and passionate artists, who take immense pride in their work.”
Parks Planning and Development Manager | Hastings District Council
Gillie and Marc created three sculptures for Taronga Western Plains Zoo and the City of Dubbo, that are located at the Zoo, regional airport and visitor centre. The sculptures have been extremely well received by Zoo visitors and members of the Dubbo community. We’re absolutely thrilled with them and in awe of the Gillie and Marc’s skills in creating such quality, lifelike pieces. Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Promotions and Public Relations Manager | Taronga Western Plains Zoo
“We are so thrilled with the Paparazzi Dogs here at Fed Square. They are proving to be extremely popular and are a really wonderful site specific installation.”
Manager Creative Projects | Fed Square Pty Ltd
Thanks you very much for the sculpture. It looks great!!
Managing Director | Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Last Thursday we opened the Barak sculpture/fire pit/scar tree with canoe and the Coranderrk contemplation space. It was a really moving event with aboriginal people who would normally never attend the same event present. Children from three different schools sang an Aboriginal song, etc. It was opened by the minister for Aboriginal affairs. Murrundindi the aboriginal leader who works closely with us was at times overcome with emotion and feels that he can now relax because a true foundation has been laid to hare his culture which he is so keen on."All in all – marvelous and thanks you both so much for undertaking the Barak sculpture for us. We feel very proud of it!"
Director | Healesville Sanctuary
Br Darren Burge FMS
We were delighted with the inspired sculpture that Gillie and Marc produced for our College. It now stands in a key location within our grounds and is deeply valued by the students, staff and parents who can interact so easily with it. It gives expression to the defining spirit of our community, capturing the past, present and future. In doing so, it has sparked a dialogue amongst people about ‘who we are’ and ‘what we believe in’. None of this would have been possible without Marc and Gillie’s capacity to engage with us in such a meaningful and respectful conversation about our College. We are most grateful to them for this exquisite and evocative art piece.
Principal | St Augustine’s College | QLD
“The doggies are so loved at the Sydney’s Children Hospital! They have been a huge hit with the patients, parents and staff and we have had really positive feedback. Everyone very much likes the dynamism of the current piece, and the resolute quality of the father dog.”
Arts Curator | Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation
Thank you on behalf of Wellington Zoo to Gillie and Marc! The Chimp sculpture looks great on Chimp Lawn. While I was up there earlier it was great to be able to hear the chimps running around their exhibit, while looking over the city and the sculpture from you.
Fundraising Manager | Wellington Zoo Trust
It’s no secret I’m a dog lover. Our two handsome Weimaraners have appeared with me on this page for a few years now, so you can imagine my response when Sydney artists Gillie and Marc Schattner asked if they could paint hem. Already fans of Gillie and Marc’s irreverent, affectionate work, it was wonderful for the family to be captured on canvas.
Editor in Chief | Belle Magazine
“Straightaway the children were very taken with [St Lucy’s Dog], some stopping to talk and pat and wave to it, even the most severely disabled children. It is already a part of St Lucy’s. The dog is exactly what I hoped for and more: a beautiful guardian for beloved children and staff.”
Principal | St Lucy’s School
It looks amazing! Thank you so much for such a special piece of art that we will treasured. Gator has such a special place in our family it is a wonderful tribute to the highest leaping crocodile in Australia.
Managing Director | Ballarat Wildlife Park
The family absolutely loved the statue, and we are thrilled with the outcome.
Parks Policy and Development Manager | Hastings District Council
We had visitors to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in the last year that we were unaware were very well known and talented sculptors. They were so blown away by our Tasmanian species and how many animals were only left in Tasmania, as well as our work, that they made contact and wanted to help. The idea was formed to produce a powerful statue featuring three of Tasmania’s marsupial species now left no where else in the world but Tasmania. These three Tasmanian animals are the well known Tasmanian Devil, an icon to Tasmania and an icon to wildlife’s fight for survival around the world. The Eastern quoll, in rapid decline over the past few years and one of our few predators left, to represent the four species of quoll in Australia all in decline, and the Tasmanian bettong. A little known species by most people, sadly including Tasmanians, representing the little creatures crucial for the food chain, seed dispersal and the bigger picture, to represent the fact that everything has an important place in our ecosystem. Once the sculpture of the Tasmanian Bettong, the Tasmanian Devil and the Eastern Quoll was put into place and secured, Gillie and Marc came to visit the sculpture. Gillie and Marc visited with their family and it was lovely to see them able to see what a change can be made within the Tasmanian community from such an amazing piece of art and all that it represents. Now at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary the Bronze Sculpture ‘Now and Forever’ will be an icon for all to see. Thank you so very much Gillie and Marc for the brilliant and beautiful piece of art and for all of your hard work and dedication. Your talent will be at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary for all to see ‘NOW and FOREVER’
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
“Within half an hour of Fetch Boy’s installation we had people come in to ask about him. Within a day we had the Maitland Mercury down, and within two days the Sydney Telegraph were here as well. Within a week a new route had been established by families that incorporated a visit to Fetch Boy before coming through the front doors.”
Collection Curator | MRAG
You two are stars!!! … Your work is wonderful (and you’re both gorgeous to look at) .. very well done and congratulations!
Creative Director of Styling | James Gordan Mixed Business
Loved your sculpture at Sculpture by the Sea. Really beautiful. What a perfect position for it. Just thought I’d let you know what pleasure the sculpture gave me.
Director | Hungerford Design
Frances Keevil Director
When discovering the sculpture of these two collaborative artists, I stopped, looked, smiled and enjoyed. The pieces invite me to embrace them. With the sculpture I embark on my own journey of discovery and conversation.The tactile material of bronze tempts me to touch, polish, rub and connect without fear. What more can I ask for in a public sculpture?
Director | Frances Keevil Gallery
Dear Gillie and Marc, just a quick email to say how thrilled I was to receive the bust of Pope John Paul II. It is exactly what we wanted and will hold pride of place at the front of the College. To have a product so magnificent that was devised from a few photographs and a phone call is absolutely thrilling. Thank you for this wonderful piece of art.
Principal | John Paul College
Eric and Jacquie Mockridge
The piece means a lot to us, both as a couple and as individuals. The Vespa reminds me of my time living in Italy. The “couple” are so clearly living and loving life to the full which gives you a very cheerful feeling when you look at them. When I met Eric I was strictly a cat person but as he has a cute dog I have been converted. We both have become fascinated with sculptural hares which we have seen in our travels around the world. So the piece has a lot of meaning to us and as we have recently got engaged we are very happy to be in the company of such a symbol of love.
The recent gift of nine paintings generously donated by Gillie and Marc from their personal collection to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne has been a wonderful addition to the Peter Mac Art Collection.Immediately engaging, bright and uplifting, the paintings featuring the adventures of the artists' well- loved characters Rabbit Woman and Dog Man bring a joyful note into our hospital interiors and have broad appeal to all ages. At Peter Mac we strive to create an environment that is positive and welcoming for our patients, carers, visitors and staff with the display of contemporary Australian art throughout the building. Over many years we have found that works of art contribute greatly to humanising the hospital experience and these playful images by Gillie and Marc provide welcome respite and moments of joy.
It has been a pleasure working with the Schattners at every stage to bring these wonderful paintings to Peter Mac.
Curator- Peter Mac Art Collection
It was a pleasure working with Gillie and Marc during the process their significant donation to the University of Canberra. Gillie and Marc were extremely generous in donating ten works of art including a sculpture to the University of Canberra. The works were gratefully received and have been widely acclaimed and remarked upon. ‘Love the Last Exhibition’ is very bright and colourful and we feel the works help reflect the University of Canberra as a bright, vibrant and young university. Thank you to Gillie, Marc and Jessie for the donation and for making the process of submitting the cultural gift fund application run smoothly.
University of Canberra