The hotel’s newly-renovated sculpture garden will be inaugurated with award-winning works by Australian public sculpture artists Gillie and Marc, known for the world’s largest rhino sculpture, The Last Three, in Astor Place. With shows in over 40 cities, the Gillie and Marc' stunning bronze animal sculptures draw inspiration to the political message of equality among people and things. Their work is displayed among prominent galleries around the world, boasting tremendous accolades including the Allen’s People’s Choice Award, and they were finalists of the Archibald Portrait Prize. Thanks to the art advisor Sebastien Laboureau et Elodie Couturier the agent of the artist in Florida to make possible this installation.
Gillie and Marc’s Paparazzi Dogs are the world’s most notorious photographers. The four bronze Dogmen have sniffed out the rich and famous in Melbourne’s Federation Square, Woolloomooloo Wharf in Sydney, the Jing’an Sculpture Park in Shanghai, outside Raffles City Shops in Singpore, and New York’s Brooklyn and Greenwich Village.
The sculptures have gone from being an art experiment about photographing celebrities to sought-after celebrities in their own right.
When Gillie and Marc first launched the series, within days the life-sized dogs went viral with millions of visitors coming to see them. People from all over the world, along with celebrities such as Snoop Dog, were eager to pose with the Pap Dogs, quickly giving them a celebrity status. Trey Ratcliff, considered to be one of the world’s best contemporary photographers, also came and was followed by 500 professional photographers to take a photo of him
Gillie and Marc had intentionally created the interactive piece to expose the pack mentality of the media and how we hunt celebrities to get their photo.
“Trey is a celebrity in his own right,” explained Marc. “So it’s amazing that we finally have a photograph of life imitating art. It summed up everything the sculpture was intended to say.”