To put it simply. Melbourne IS art.
They have world famous baristas creating art on coffees, markets becoming a hub for creatives to talk about and buy handmade art and valleys that are sprayed and stencilled in technicolour brilliance reflecting issues and controversies the world faces. Inspirational art is hidden everywhere in Melbourne, sometimes in the smallest corners of the city and at times right in front of your face, yet there is only one inspirational public art statue representing females.
CURRENTLY IN MELBOURNE THERE ARE 580 STATUES AND ONLY 1% ARE NOT MALE
Current Statues of Women in Melbourne
The world famous statue has made it to Melbourne! It is one of several replicas with a very strong message. The 50 inch girl with her fists clenched towards her hips, and body standing tall, the message behind this statue is “Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes the difference”. She is about female empowerment. She sends the message that no dream is too big and no ceiling is too high. Although the statue, like most art, has come with many controversies, at the end of the day - the Fearless Girls message is that of equality. The juxtaposition of having the statue erected in the city with the most art and the least amount of female representation, is the irony of the century. You can find the Fearless Girl statue by artist Kristen Visbal at Federation Square.
Mary MacKillop (1842-1909) was the first Australian to be recognised as one of it’s saints. She founded Australia’s first order of nuns, and established St. Joseph’s School providing free education to children from the area. On 12 August 2012, Archbishop Denis Hart, unveiled a statue of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop on the grounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne. The bronze cast statue by sculptor Louis Laumen explains, “The statue portrays a young and vibrant Mary descending a staircase, as if she had just been upstairs to put on her habit for the very first time.”
Great Australian Women – Statues of Inspiration
Australia is a place filled with extreme environments, pulsing cities, and full of inspirational women. Fighting for social justice, making advancements in health care and science, blazing the sports fields, and making their mark in parliament, the list of amazing women and their achievements is vast. This is a thing of pride for Australia, a pride for the strong and talented women that fill the country. They are an inspiration for all and our leaders of the future.
Internationally renowned Australian public artists Gillie and Marc Schattner, want to create a celebration of some of the most inspirational Australian women of our time to be displayed for all to see.
Nova Peris will be the first woman to be created in Bronze and will be displayed at Federation Square for Reconciliation Week 2021 (More information coming soon).