Artwork Description / Detail
This bronze is a small scale replica of the sculpture of Michael Jones by Natalie Stamilla installed at the entrance to Eden Park.
The Sculpture of Michael Jones at Eden Park
Auckland artist Natalie Stamilla’s bronze sculpture of Michael Jones diving across the try line at the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup was unveiled in August 2011 by rugby legend, Sir Brian Lochore at a ceremony that took place at Eden Park, Auckland
The sculpture design is based on a photograph of the iconic image that was captured by Geoff Dale, Natalie’s father, who worked as a press photographer during the 1987 Rugby World Cup tournament and is the result of more than two years of efforts by the artist to design, secure
funding and make the sculpture.
Standing more than 3 metres high, and 4.2 metres long , the sculpture is 150% greater than life size and weighs close to 1 tonne – which is approximately three-times the combined weight of the current New Zealand rugby team’s forward pack. The sculpture is also a feat of engineering, with a combination of solid and hollow stainless steel rods, weighing more than 500 kilograms, being used internally to support the sculpture
The sculpture is displayed at Auckland’s redeveloped Eden Park just outside Entrance C of the ASB Stand on Walters Road.
According to the sculptor Natalie Stamilla, more than 10,000 man hours have gone into creating the large-scale bronze sculpture, to bring the project to life.
Commenting on the development of the sculpture Natalie said, “This project has been a labour of love for me given the strong family connection I have to this iconic image. I’ve worked incredibly
hard for more than 2 years to bring my father’s photograph to life and am incredibly proud to see the sculpture unveiled at Eden Park.
Jonathan Grant Galleries are proud to exhibit limited edition bronze maquettes of this sculpture made in two different sizes. The larger one measuring 70 cm wide and weighing 22 kg and the smaller one measuring 42 cm wide and weighing 8 kg. Editions have been sold worldwide including to collections in Japan, Australia and England and we are happy to quote on shipping to any destination.
(L-R) Natalie Stamilla, Peter Harris – CEO of Contractors Bonding Limited, Michael Jones & Sir Brian Lochore