Which regional hero should be immortalised in bronze?

Sophia ConstantinePilbara News
A Diprotodon sculpture called Kenny commissioned byb the Paroo Shire council in Queensland.
Camera IconA Diprotodon sculpture called Kenny commissioned byb the Paroo Shire council in Queensland.

Two world-famous artists are calling on people from the Pilbara to nominate a local legend or fictional character that embodies the spirit of the community for the chance to have its very own bronze art sculpture.

The project, Local Legends, was born from an idea to preserve individual stories that connect communities and create powerful memories by identifying 100 local legends in 100 locations.

Local legends can include anything that embodies the spirit of a community from sporting stars, unlikely animal heroes, or a fictional creature.

The bronze sculptures aim to expose the unique narratives that continue to shape cultural identities, and expose untapped stories and narratives which may otherwise go unheard or be forgotten.

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Contemporary artists, Gillie and Marc Schattner, have public artworks displayed in different locations across the world including Shanghai, New York and Sydney.

Gallery sales manager Chloe Gunn said regional and rural areas were rich in colourful stories and often underpinned by a strong sense of community.

“This project really wants to tap into this, using the power of public art to help celebrate and preserve the distinct identity of each of these spaces.”

Ms Gunn said the gallery was open to a collaborative approach.

Artist Gillie said the stories expressed through the project brought people together and allowed communities to celebrate the stories that make their area a wonderful place to live.

“Not just residents but we’ve seen that even tourists who come across the sculptures gain a better understanding of the installation site, and a deeper connection to the spirit of the community,” she said.

To nominate or make a suggestion, contact gallery@gillieandmarc.com.

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