Mary and Muuj
Artist: Mary Perrot Stimson
Title: Mary and Muuj
Materials: Cast bronze
Location: 117 Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga
Mary and Muuj is a popular sculpture representing a girl walking her dog.
In 1999 Wagga Wagga City Council commissioned Wantabadgery based artist Mary Perrott Stimson to create three bas relief bronze sculptures. Stimson spent a day on Baylis Street sketching the parade of characters that walked by. The sculpture of Mary and Muuj came from a group of young people Stimson spotted talking on the street in an animated manner. In 2000, Council held a community competition to name the art works. Muuj (pronounced ‘mooj’) is a Wiradjuri word meaning ‘friend’.
Mary Perrott Stimson has produced numerous public artworks around Australia and internationally, including murals for London Hospital and bronze sculptures for the City of Richmond, Victoria. She was born in Norfolk, United Kingdom and studied at the Chelsea College of Art and then the Chisholm Institute of Technology and University of Melbourne. Her inspiration comes especially from Egyptian, Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Papua New Guinea bas-relief work, often centred on portraiture and archetypal imagery. From her studies, Stimson was obsessed with figurative sculpture, a contrast to the increasingly abstract world. Her double-sided bas relief style created figures that were flattish, but still three dimensional. Stimson said “They are actually drawings – three dimensional drawings made of bronze.”