|Mary MacKillop Cold Cast Bronze. 2012|
The dimensions are 83cm x 60cm x 52cm.
As a number of Australian Catholic Schools have approached me for a sculpture of Mary MacKillop that they could afford to buy, last year , after I finished the large bronze for outside the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel in North Sydney, I began a new sculpture for this purpose.
I finished it in late 2011 and had a " Dragon Skin" mould made of the clay sculpture with a mother mould of fibreglass to house the silicone mould.
I was very aware the costs needed to be such that a school could afford to purchase a sculpture of our first Australian Saint.The portrait needed to be of a sensitive, kind and loving woman and I have endeavored to portray her as I believe she was.
We first thought of making it in cement with a ground marble aggregate and also looked into a product called "Duo Matrix Neo" but ended up doing some work with Epoxy Resin and incorporating fine bronze powder in the first few layers. It is then backed up with fibreglass layers and the inner layer is filled with marble aggregate mixed with epoxy resin. This gives it a solid interior.
The first school to ask for a sculpture was given the first option to buy one and it has been delivered to Mount Isa in Queensland, the school being St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School in far North Queensland.
They are going to give it pride of place in a garden setting.
The second school is in Sunshine, Victoria and their sculpture is going ahead and should be ready within a few weeks time.
I am also casting this bust as a bronze and one is being poured at a foundry for a Parish church in Canberra, Act as a memorial bronze.