Archie's work carved into Highlands history

Photo by Dominica Sanda. Nine-year-old Archie Hancock with a smaller replica of the Mary Poppins statue.
Photo by Dominica Sanda. Nine-year-old Archie Hancock with a smaller replica of the Mary Poppins statue.
Samantha Hancock, SHYAC subcommittee chair Terry Oakes-Ash, Archie Hancock and his brother Monty are excited for the life-size statue to appear in Bowral.	Photo by Dominica Sanda

Samantha Hancock, SHYAC subcommittee chair Terry Oakes-Ash, Archie Hancock and his brother Monty are excited for the life-size statue to appear in Bowral. Photo by Dominica Sanda

A NINE-year-old boy's drawing of a magic flying horse has been carved into a life-size Mary Poppins statue to be set up in Bowral in December.

Archie Hancock from Bowral Public School entered a drawing competition run by SHYAC and his winning image and initials have been carved into Mary Poppins' carpetbag.

His drawing will appear on the bottom of the carpetbag so that children can easily see the statue when it stands in Glebe Park.

Archie's mother, Samantha Hancock said he drew the picture one morning before school. Mrs Hancock was born and raised in Ockley in England, which is coincidently the same village that the 1984 Disney Mary Poppins movie star, Julie Andrews lived in.

Archie and his mum said the win was "meant to be."

"We're very happy and proud of Archie. His dad is a technical illustrator and Archie draws with him all the time so he gets the talent from his dad," Mrs Hancock said.

Archie has been drawing ever since he could a pencil and it has turned into a fun hobby for the nine-year-old.

"I always draw, I went to art classes too and now I just like to draw anything," Archie said.

The competition was introduced to Archie at school by his art teacher Mrs Clarke. His drawing was hand-picked by two sculptors Tanya Bartlett and Melissa McShane. The proposal for the life-size Mary Poppins statue was first made by Ms McShane, who carved Archie's flying horse and initials into the carpetbag under Ms Bartlett's supervision, at the Australian Bronze Foundry.