Little Bull; Molly Macalister; 1967; 37

From

Molly Macalister, sculptor

Name/Title

Little Bull

About this object

References
'Molly Macalister: a memorial exhibition.' Alexa Johnston. Auckland Art Gallery, 1982
Waikato Times 19 Feb 1967

'This work was the winning entry in a competition organised by the Hamilton Jaycee Incorporated in February 1967 to commemorate the 1964 centennial of the city of Hamilton. It is in the Hamilton Gardens, Sillary Street.

The other enties in the competition were all of human figures (as was Macalister's entry for the Pakuranga Town Centre sculpture in 1965 34). In this competition, Macalister produced a design which she hoped would appeal to adults as a piece of sculpture, and to children as something for them to play on. She formed the idea for "little Bull" while on holiday in Coromandel where she made many drawings of cattle. She said, 'I felt most enthusiastic about this work from the start'.' (Johnston, 1982, p22)

'In 1964 Hamilton Jaycee Incorporated held a competition for a public art work to commemorate the 1964 centennial of the city of Hamilton. Molly Macalister's work was the winning entry, one of five submissions. The five entries to the sculpture competition were by artists Macalister, Greer Twiss, Lyndon Smith, Eric Doudney, and Arnold Wilson.

Macalister stated that her work was not directly linked with the Hamilton centenary. However, she noted: "Of course, Hamilton being the centre of a dairying district, Little Bull has more significance."
Macalister had made a series of drawings of cattle while she had been on holiday on the Coromandel coast.' (Waikato Times 19 Feb 1967)

The judges for the competition were:
Stewart Maclennan, Director of the New Zealand National Art Gallery
Colin McCahon, senior lecturer Elam School of Fine Arts
Dr Denis Rogers, Mayor
Cambell Smith President Waikato Society of Arts
Les Grocott a Jaycee, Jaycee representative

There exists a maquette for "Little Bull" (see 37a) as well as a photograph of a larger maquette for "Little Bull" from the Haydn Family Archives. This photograph is included in this record.

A bronze plaque on the rectangular concrete base has the following text:
LITTLE BULL
PRESENTED TO THE CITY OF HAMILTON
IN COMMEMORATION OF THE FIRST CENTURY
HAMILTON JAYCEE (INC.)
QUEEN ELIZABETH II. ARTS COUNCIL
THE CITIZENS OF HAMILTON
SCULPTOR - MOLLY MACALISTER APRIL 1969

Maker

Molly Macalister

Maker Role

Artist

Date Made

1967

Medium and Materials

Bronze

Inscription and Marks

A bronze plaque on the rectangular concrete base has the following text:
LITTLE BULL
PRESENTED TO THE CITY OF HAMILTON
IN COMMEMORATION OF THE FIRST CENTURY
HAMILTON JAYCEE (INC.)
QUEEN ELIZABETH II. ARTS COUNCIL
THE CITIZENS OF HAMILTON
SCULPTOR - MOLLY MACALISTER APRIL 1969

Technique

Casting

Measurements

1150mm

Collection

Hamilton City Council Collection

Object Type

Sculpture

Object number

37

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Barry 08 Nov 2016 22:31 PM,UTC

I was wondering why the date on the plaque says "1969" It was made for the 1964 centennial competition, announced winning entry 18th February 1967, unveiled 1967 (both Waikato Times) and the HCC council sculpture books say 1968.

Thanks, B

Barry 08 Nov 2016 22:30 PM,UTC

I was wondering why the date on the plaque says "1969" It was made for the 1964 centennial competition, announced winning entry 18th February 1967, unveiled 1967 (both Waikato Times) and the HCC council sculpture books say 1968.

Thanks, B

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