"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
“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.”
Glenda Fitz Payne
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
“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.”
Adrienne E Clarke
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
“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.”
Cr. Peter Freshney
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
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
Mr Garry K Brown, OAM
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
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.
Br Darren Burge FMS
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
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?
Frances Keevil Director
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
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.
Eric and Jacquie Mockridge