19 August 2019
Madeleine Stone standing at the front of the Federal Parliament, the seat of the Australian government, located in Canberra. The Parliament’s forecourt mosaic is based on a design by Warlpiri artist Michael Nelson Jagamara (born 1946) and is a contemporary depiction of an ancient Western Desert Dreaming. The mosaic is based on Jagamara’s painting ‘Possum and Wallaby Dreaming’, which describes a gathering of a large group of people from the kangaroo, wallaby and goanna ancestors. The groups are meeting to talk and enact ceremonial obligations. Jagamara is a Warlpiri Elder from Papunya, west of Alice Springs. He is one of the foremost proponents of Western Desert painting, one of the first contemporary Indigenous art movements. The 196-square-metre mosaic is located in a ceremonial pool in the forecourt, on an island that symbolises the isolated continent of Australia. The 196-square-metre mosaic symbolises the deep spiritual relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their ancestral land. Fabricated by William McIntosh, Aldo Rossi and Franco Colussi.