Dean Bowen Artist

Boy with Owl and Playful Echidnas



122 x 90 x 61 cm

Commissioned by Maroondah City Council, for Glen Park Community Play Space, Glen Vale Rd, Bayswater Nth.

Maroondah City Council commissioned a new bronze sculpture, Boy with Owl and Playful Echidnas by Dean Bowen for the Glen Park Community Play Space, Glen Park Road, Bayswater North. Melways Ref: 64 G2

Photo by: Danielle Butcher

Dean Bowen has recently completed an exciting public art commission for Maroondah City Council. A large bronze sculpture entitled Boy with an Owl and Playful Echidnas, was installed at Glen Park Community Play Space in February 2012. This commission reflects Maroondah’s commitment to enhance public space and offer the community access to significant works of art as part of daily life.

The sculpture depicts a standing figure balancing a native owl on its head. At its feet are small echidnas. A symbol of wisdom, the bird also represents the unique wildlife of the Dandenong Ranges. The sculpture, while playful in nature, reminds us of our relationship and responsibility to the conservation and protection of native birds and animals. It adds a sense of peacefulness and contemplation to our experience at the Play Space. The tactile and humorous quality of the sculpture has longevity in its appeal ensuring a visit to Glen Park is a memorable experience.

The sculpture uses the lost wax method of casting and is very robust and durable and able to withstand extreme weather conditions. The bronze is patinated and waxed for longevity, requiring minimal maintenance. The sculpture was cast and installed by one of Australia’s leading bronze foundries, Perrin Sculpture Foundry in Cheltenham, Victoria. The drystone wall, upon which the sculpture is placed, is cemented together covering an inner concrete plinth and footings.

Dean Bowen has completed a number of important public art commissions including outdoor sculptures for the City of Canberra, Hobsons Bay City Council, City of Greater Shepparton and Canterbury Primary School. Maroondah City Council is very pleased to be home to another of this artist’s delightful works.

Leanne Wilkinson
Arts Planning and Policy Officer, Maroondah City Council.