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Man Lifting Cow Unveiled

On Tuesday 6 September renowned artist John Kelly joined Brimbank City Council and project partners to unveil his 6 metre Man lifting cow bronze sculpture.

John Watson, Chair of Administrators for Brimbank City Council, said the artwork is another compelling reason that Melbournians should visit the ever transforming Sunshine Town Centre.

“Man lifting cow is an extraordinary artwork with a remarkable story starting with Sunshine-raised John Kelly who has donated his time to this project to leave a legacy in his home town,” Mr Watson said.

“As an internationally renowned artist who was raised in Sunshine, John is a role model for the local community and with this sculpture he has made the arts more accessible for our community.

“Back in 2013, John contacted us with the amazing offer to produce this artwork for Sunshine, it was an offer too generous and too good to refuse.

  • The sculpture’s estimated worth is more than $600,000.
  • Council allocated $100,000 for the project;
  • Remaining costs have been covered by a number of commercial in confidence cash and in-kind contributions from project partners and supporters.

“It paid off in spades and today we unveil an outstanding, iconic, public artwork in Sunshine, the dynamic centre of Melbourne’s booming west.

“The artist John Kelly, alongside major partners Sotheby’s Australia, Vicinity Centres, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust and our other supporters have delivered a project that will connect, inspire and engage. 

“The arts are an important part of this city’s cultural fabric and help us to interpret and understand what is around us and beyond us.

“This project in particular has galvanised passion and enthusiasm from all involved and we have already heard wonderful feedback from the local community about what it means for Sunshine.

“I invite people from across Melbourne to come and visit this brilliant artwork and rediscover Sunshine as it re-emerges as one of Melbourne’s great centres. 

“The 6 metre sculpture takes pride of place in Sunshine’s main street and stands opposite the newly opened, seven storey, Brimbank Community and Civic Centre.”

Mr Watson also acknowledged the great work of Fundêre Studios in Sunshine, one of only a handful of foundries in Australia capable of assisting in the development of the sculpture.

International Artist Inspires Arts Excitement in Sunshine

Brimbank City Council and partners invite the community to get involved in an exciting series of arts initiatives that celebrate the approaching installation of the iconic artwork Man lifting cow.

Brimbank Chair of Administrators John Watson said the installation of the bronze sculpture by internationally recognised artist John Kelly in Sunshine this September was a landmark arts project for Brimbank and the Western Region.

“It is wonderful that we have the opportunity to involve residents across Brimbank in the excitement being generated by the Man lifting cow project by inviting them to participate in three community arts initiatives,” Mr Watson said.

“These arts initiatives have been made possible through the further generous support of one of Man lifting cow’s principal partners,” he said. “Alongside hosting art workshops and the 1000 Cows exhibition, Sunshine Marketplace has pledged prize money for schools and students.

“Our list of corporate, philanthropic, local business and arts partners and supporters is testament to Council’s commitment to a collaborative approach and the wider enthusiasm for this iconic sculpture.”

Council’s three principal partners are Sotheby’s Australia, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Sunshine Marketplace. Our major supporter is The Sun Foundation and the project supporters are Sunshine Business Association, Kane Construction, Bonacci, Lyons Architects and Big West Festival and the Victorian Government.

John Kelly Exhibition and Education Program 

Artworks by John Kelly, on loan by Australian Galleries, will be exhibited at the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre from September 2016. It provides the opportunity to learn more about Australian art for Brimbank residents and people across Victoria. An accompanying education pack focussing on the importance of John Kelly’s art will be distributed to Brimbank schools.

 

Partnerships Approach Moooves Kelly’s Man lifting cow Project to Sunshine

Brimbank Chair of Administrators John Watson has welcomed the commissioning of works on John Kelly’s Man lifting cow sculpture by announcing the partners and supporters who have helped achieve this landmark arts project in Sunshine. The announcement was made at the commissioning launch on Tuesday 10 November at Fundêre Studios, Sunshine.

Mr Watson thanked artist John Kelly for contributing the public art work to the City of Brimbank; Fundêre Studios for assisting in the development of the sculpture and for the sponsorship contributions that made the creation of Man lifting cow possible.

“This contribution by John Kelly to his home town is truly extraordinary and will be a permanent legacy to his family’s ties in the area.

“We would like to thank our partners and supporters for their commitment to ensuring John Kelly’s Man lifting cow comes to Sunshine,” Mr Watson said.

“This major artwork would not have been possible without significant grants, donations and other financial assistance as well as the in-kind contributions in the form of waived fees, donated time and resources.

“Our list of corporate, philanthropic, local business and arts partners and supporters is testament to Council’s commitment to a collaborative approach and the wider enthusiasm for this iconic sculpture.

The three principal partners are Sotheby’s Australia, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Sunshine Market Place. The Sun Foundation is a major supporter and the project supporters are Sunshine Business Association, Kane Construction, Lyons Architects and Big West Festival.

Mr Watson said the project partners recognised that Man lifting cow was a valuable addition to Brimbank.

“This project will give Sunshine an international profile while also inspiring other local artists by demonstrating what is possible,” Mr Watson said.  “John Kelly is a role-model for not only what he has achieved in the arts but also for his generosity in giving back to the community where he grew up, Sunshine.

“Great art has the power to encourage further access to the arts, contribute to economic development, boost social capital, enrich communities and revitalise civic pride in the heart of Melbourne’s growing west.”

“Usually the preserve of major city centres like London, Paris and Monte Carlo, this sculpture will act as a beacon signifying Sunshine’s re-emergence as one of Australia’s great centres.=

The sculpture is expected to be completed and installed in Hampshire Road, Sunshine in 2016.

Further partners and supporters who may want to support the Man lifting cow project are invited to contact the Civic Events and Engagement Coordinator on 9249 4044 or media@brimbank.vic.gov.au.