Matthew Harding, the sculptor responsible for many of Canberra’s public artworks has tragically died, aged 53.

The following statement was posted on

Tragically, Matthew Gerard Harding ended his life on 22 February 2018.

Matthew was loved and cherished by his partner, children, family and wide circle of friends. Matthew was a gifted creative artist, a deeply connected friend, and most importantly, Matthew was known for his deep love for his family: partner, four beautiful children Arabella (10), Lulu (9), Polly (6) and Hugo (4), mother, father and siblings. Matthew was a renowned sculptor and has left an extraordinary legacy of work in Australia and around the world. He was brilliant and one of the most accomplished sculptors in Australia; he was compassionate and had a rare generosity of spirit. Nobody shined as bright as Matthew.

The following are some of Matthew’s pieces from across Canberra: