Tayla Harris has been immortalised in bronze. It is a win for women’s sport | Kasey Symons

The statue unveiled in Melbourne’s Federation Square is not necessarily about the AFLW player; it serves a far wider purpose

On International Women’s Day earlier this year, Federation Square in Melbourne was graced with the presence of a reproduction of artist Kristen Visbal’s “Fearless Girl”. The statue, originally unveiled in New York City’s Financial District, was a statement about gender diversity in the finance industry and was placed staring directly into the eyes of the charging Wall Street bull.

On Wednesday morning, another fearless girl immortalised in bronze was unveiled at the bustling Melbourne landmark: the Australian rules footballer, Tayla Harris. The statue, commissioned by the AFLW’s major sponsor NAB and which replicates the famous image of Harris captured by photographer Michael Willson, is a timely and much-needed addition to Australia’s celebration of female athletes.

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