An acclaimed sculpture exhibition is now open in Surfers Paradise for locals and tourists to enjoy.
Globally renowned artistic duo Gillie and Marc have brought their The Celebrity Animal exhibit to the Paradise Centre, after wowing crowds Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai.
The free exhibit features life-size bronze statues of celebrities sporting the heads of four-legged creatures, including Arnie ‘Stag’ Schwarzenegger, Pamela ‘Poodle’ Anderson and Jessica ‘Rabbit’ Rabbit.
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Gillie, who has collaborated with her life and artistic partner Marc for more than 25 years, said Surfers Paradise was the ideal Queensland location to showcase their Celebrity Animal sculptures.
“Anyone who sees Arnie, Pamela and Jessica at Paradise Centre will appreciate why the trio will be happy to hang out in a sun-soaked tourist mecca such as Surfers Paradise,” she said.
“While they may have the heads of animals, their very distinctive bodies certainly won’t look out of place on the Gold Coast.
“Everyone has a fascination with celebrity so we came up with The Celebrity Animal series so people could get up close and personal to the stars and have that feeling of brushing shoulders with fame.”
Marc, who with Gillie has been described by The New York Times as “the most successful and prolific creators of public art in New York’s history”, said the pair was thrilled to see the public reception the exhibition continued to receive.
“You only have to witness the number of selfies people have taken with the sculptures to know how loved they are,” he said.
“Celebrities are the new royalty and shopping centres are the new galleries of the world.”
Paradise Centre Marketing Manager Sarah Debono said her team had jumped at the chance to host The Celebrity Animal when approached by Gillie and Marc.
“Given our location in the heart of Surfers Paradise, we are the perfect hosts for an exhibition that will create buzz and gain plenty of attention from locals and tourists,” she said.
“Gillie and Marc are known across the world, just like Surfers Paradise, and their unique take on the world of celebrity is the ideal fit for a precinct that prides itself on having fun.”
Paradise Centre visitors will also have the chance to win a miniature Gillie and Marc Dogman sculpture each month (valued at $350 each) by uploading a photo of themselves with one of the ‘celebrities’ to the Paradise Centre Instagram page (@paradisecentre) using the hashtag #famousinparadise.
The Celebrity Animal exhibition is open at Paradise Centre from 9am to 9pm daily. For more information, visit: paradisecentre.net.au