A PIECE of Western Australia’s remote East Kimberley region will be able to be seen from the top of the Eiffel Tower when an enormous artwork by an Aboriginal artist is unveiled on a Paris museum’s rooftop.
The Musee du quai Branly has commissioned an artwork by 76-year-old Lena Nyadbi of the Warmun Community at Turkey Creek, called Dayiwul Lirlmim or Barramundi Scales, which spans almost 700 square metres.
The piece was created specifically for the museum’s rooftop terrace and will be unveiled on Thursday.
Warmun Art Centre senior manager and curator Jonathan Kimberley said the new installation was extraordinary.
“Dayiwul Lirlmim is certainly an audacious re-visioning of global intercultural trajectories yet, for Nyadbi, the work is simply a true story, an everyday Ngarrangarni (Dreaming) story for all time,” Mr Kimberley said.
Australia Council chairman Rupert Myer said the new work was a powerful example of indigenous art.
“This is an historic opportunity to highlight and promote indigenous Australian art and cultures to a global audience in Paris,” Mr Myer said.
Nyadbi, a Gija woman of Nyawurru skin, began making art in 1998 with handmade paints using natural ochre and charcoal from Gija country.
An exhibition of artworks by Warmun artists at the Australian Embassy in France also opens on Thursday. – AAP