Contemporary Sculpture, Figurative, Sports
Hope Vale Council
Matthew Bowen is a revered rugby league player and one of NRL’s community ambassadors. He grew up in Hope Vale, an Indigenous community in Cape York. Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council commissioned Gillie and Marc to create a sculpture of Bowen. After his retirement, Bowen wanted to give back to his former club, so he took up a role as Community Engagement Officer for the North Queensland Cowboys. He was later selected as one of NRL’s Community Ambassadors for his impressive contributions. He’s an inspiring figure to the local region, and a bronze was a fitting tribute. The artists portrayed a powerful and muscular Bowen running with the ball, to show off his talent and sporting prowess.The sculpture, which paid due tribute to a strong member of the Indigenous community, helps motivate the next generation, letting them know that with kindness and hard work they’ll be able to achieve their goals.