Gillie and Marc have been called the most successful and prolific creators of public art in New York’s History by the New York Times. Creating some of the world’s most innovative public sculptures, Gillie and Marc are re-designing what public art should be, spreading messages of love, equality, and conservation around the world. Their highly coveted sculptures and paintings can be seen in art galleries and public sites in over 250 cities. They’re Archibald Prize Finalists and have won the Chianciano Biennale in Italy, among other notable awards and accolades.
Referred to by the media as “the world’s most loving artists”, this artistic duo has worked side by side for more than 30 years, creating art as one and spreading the love they have for each other with the world. The artists first met on a film shoot in Hong Kong and 7-days later they ran away to Nepal to get married on the foothills of Mount Everest. They’ve been inseparable ever since.
Both Gillie and Marc have been very vocal as advocates for gender equality, and as a professional couple, live as equals at home and in the workplace - because that is how a truly loving and respectful relationship should co-exist. Their decisions and responsibilities are shared, and Marc would never assume that he is more capable than Gillie because he is a man. Nor would she let him!
Statues For Equality was born after a reflection of the artist’s own work. They discovered that over the past 15 years they had many sculpture commissions of men but only 1% of woman. They dug a little deeper and found that this was not unique for them but a global issue.
Public statues are made to inspire, celebrate success, and tell the most important stories of the community. By leaving out the women from this equation it is no wonder that women are still not seen as equals to men. Gillie and Marc decided to put their artistic talents to work to change this representation imbalance in public art and remind the world of all the incredible women there are while changing biases.
Statues For Equality is not only the project of Gillie and Marc. They are calling on the entire world to become a part of this movement for gender equality through public art. They are asking the public to become actively involved by nominating women who should be honored with a statue and spreading the word. They are calling for cities and businesses to commission more statues of inspiring women and to offer up public spaces to house the new works. They are also calling on artists to help them to reach their aim of 50% representation of women in public statues around the world by 2025.
Join Gillie and Marc in the Statues For Equality movement. Find out how you can help here!