Pope Jean Paul

Life size


Contemporary Sculpture, Figurative, Religious Statue

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In 2013, Gillie and Marc were asked to create a bust of the late Pope Saint Jean Paul II.

Jean Paul is known for a monumental act of human kindness, after an assassination attempt on his life. Two years after it happened, Jean Paul II went to visit young man who attempted to murder him, and after a private conversation the two emerged as friends. Jean Paul II said that he sincerely forgave his assassin, and had already done so in the ambulance after the shooting. Each year, John Paul College commemorates his life on August 30th, and requested that the artists complete the bust sculpture in time for their ceremony. Gillie and Marc succeeded, and the artwork was unveiled to everybody’s delight at the college in Coffs Harbour, NSW. The principal of John Paul College, Michael Carniatio said “Dear Gillie and Marc, I was thrilled to receive the bust of Pope John Paul II. It is exactly what we wanted and will hold pride of place at the front of the College. To have a product so magnificent that was devised from a few photographs and a phone call is absolutely thrilling. Thank you for this wonderful piece of art.