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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | October 16, 2021

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'The Celebrity Animal' exhibition makes it's Queensland debut

‘The Celebrity Animal’ exhibition makes it’s Queensland debut
Danie Bann

Arnie ‘Stag’ Schwarzenegger, Pamela ‘Poodle’ Anderson and Jessica ‘Rabbit’ Rabbit will be spending 6 whole months at Paradise Centre, Gold Coast from 4th July, albeit they will be made of bronze and will be sporting animal heads. Intrigued yet?

Arnie ‘Stag’ Schwarzenegger


Globally renowned artistic and life partners of more than 25 years, Gillie and Marc, have hand picked Surfers Paradise as the ideal location for their Celebrity Animal sculptural exhibition to make it’s Queensland debut. The free exhibition has already delighted crowds in cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai.

The New York Times has previously described the couple as ‘the most successful and prolific creators of public art in New York’s history’, referring to their sculptural exhibitions at the Rockefeller Centre, New York City and other locations across America. ‘Dog Man and Rabbit Woman’ swept the nation in a bid to encourage the message that every race, culture and religion is welcome in a world that seems intent on building more barriers than bridges. Crowds were encouraged to take photos with the sculptures and post them to social media with #TravelEverywhereWithLove.


Pamela ‘Poodle’ Anderson


Gillie talks about the inspiration behind the Celebrity Animal series as stemming from society’s ‘fascination’ with the celebrity and ‘so people could get up close and personal to the stars and have the feeling of brushing shoulders with fame’.

Marc continues this further by explaining that ‘celebrities are the new royalty and shopping centres are the new galleries of the world’, making Surfers Paradise, a precinct that prides itself on having fun, the perfect place to experience this unique take on celebrity.


Jessica ‘Rabbit’ Rabbit


Paradise Centre visitors will also have the chance to win a miniature Gillie and Marc Dogman sculpture each month (valued at $350 each) by uploading a photo of themselves with one of the ‘celebrities’ to the Paradise Centre Instagram page (@paradisecentre) using the hashtag #famousinparadise.

Good luck and get celebrity spotting!


The details:
What: The Celebrity Animal exhibition
Where: Paradise Centre, 2 Cavil Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217
When: 4th July – 31st December 2019 9am – 9pm daily
How: Free!

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