Statue of Mary Poppins

Public Art: Statue of Mary Poppins

Sculptor: © Tanya Bartlett

Description : A 5m tall bronze statue of the fictional nanny, Mary Poppins, in full flight.

Date Unveiled: Unveiled by NSW Governor Marie Bashir and a group of supporters and school kids who pulled tug-o-war ropes to reveal the statue of the famous nanny on December 11th 2013.

Funding: The federal government awarded a $26,000 grant to the Southern Highlands Youth Arts Council to help fund the statue and the rest was raised by local fundraising which included a world-record size human mosaic with 2115 umbrellas raised Poppins-like  in 2011.

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Artist's Statement : During the unveiling sculptor Tanya Bartlett told the crowd that she had tried to incorporate author PL Travers’ disdain for the magical Nanny’s portrayal in Hollywood productions, in preference for a no-nonsense, nanny-like character.

Mary Poppins Statue Trivia:

Despite the town of Maryborough in Queensland claiming author Pamela Travers as their own,  it is believed that Travers (Helen Goff) came up with the idea for the book character while living in Bowral.

Tanya’s design was a combination of 1966 sketches, modelled by PL Travers, and designed by Sean Crampton, a former Professor of Sculpture at the Anglo-French Art Centre in St John’s Wood, London. The design was originally proposed for a statue in Central Park, New York but it never eventuated.

Other Mary Poppins statues:

Mary Poppins statue in Maryborough Queensland

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