Contemporary Sculpture, Figurative, Sports
Hobart’s Bellerive Oval
Hobart’s Bellerive Oval is Tasmania’s only venue that hosts international cricket matches on its whopping 20,000-person grounds. Gillie and Marc were commissioned to immortalise beloved former Australia captain, Ricky Ponting, who was born and bred in Tasmania.Beyond Ponting’s renowned cricket skills, his foundation dedicated to helping young Australian’s and their families beat cancer, called Ponting Foundation shows a level of character at the epitome of selflessness, empathy, and kindness. Ricky has used his profile to influence widespread engagement to raise important funds for specific charity programs in the fight against cancer in Australia’s young people. There are few people worthier of a monumental bronze sculpture, to inspire an entire community. To Pointing’s absolutely delight, he unveiled a statue of himself before the first Test against the West Indies in 2015. The artists have aptly portrayed Australia’s highest-run scorer mid-play, performing his famous pull shot. This signature stroke sent fear into bowlers around the world and was used in over 168 tests during is 170year-long career. Visitors enjoy coming to the stadium to get their photo taken with the superstar.