Man Lifting Cow

Man Lifting Cow

John Kelly's Man Lifting Cow bronze sculpture was officially unveiled on Tuesday 6 September 2016.

  • The sculpture’s estimated worth is over $600,000.
  • The 6 metre bronze sculpture takes pride of place in Sunshine’s Hampshire Rd.

Man Lifting Cow Artist - John Kelly

John Kelley with small mock up of his Man Lifting cow sculpture

John Kelly donated his time to the project to leave a legacy in his home town of Sunshine

John Kelly was born in Bristol in 1965. His family immigrated to Australia the same year. John and his six siblings grew up in Sunshine. 

John Kelly's Art 

In Australia Kelly is best known for his paintings and large sculptures that reference William Dobell’s papier-mâché cows created in WWII.

Kelly’s sculptures of these cows have been exhibited

  • on the Champs Elysées, Paris;
  • in Les Champs de la Sculpture, 1999; 
  • Monte Carlo;
  • in La Parade des Animaux, 2002;
  • the MAMAC in France;
  • The Hague, 2007;
  • Glastonbury (2006 and 2007); 
  • Cork city 2011; and
  • Melbourne Docklands (2001 to the present).

Man Lifting Cow Partners

Brimbank City Council partnered with organisations to helped achieve this landmark arts project.

Principal Partners 

Major Supporter

  • The Sun Foundation

Project Supporters

  • Sunshine Business Association
  • Kane Construction
  • Bonacci
  • Lyons Architects 
  • Big West Festival
  • The Victorian Government
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