– Jonathan Jones - barrangal dyara (skin and bones) –

We are looking forward to Jonathan Jones sharing barrangal dyara (skin and bones), a sculptural installation across a 20,000 square-metre footprint within the Royal Botanic Garden commissioned as the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project. The Project will be on view from September 17 to October 3.

Jones’ material composition of white shields surrounding a ‘heart-land’ of native kangaroo grass will reframe and recall the history of the immeasurable loss of Indigenous cultural objects as a result of the fire that engulfed the Grand Palace in 1882. In doing so the project considers the action of showing these objects in an ethnographic display at all and spotlights the importance of cultural objects, language and history. The Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist has worked closely with an Aboriginal advisory board comprising Christine Evans, Jason Glanville, Michael McDaniel, Uncle Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden and Hetti Perkins. The project represents ‘an effort to commence a healing process and a celebration of the survival of the world’s oldest living culture despite this traumatic event’.

There will be a series of public and educational programs to complement artwork. Visit the Kaldor Public Art Projects website for more information and planning your visit. 

In 2005 Jones was the recipient of the Art & Australia Emerging Art Award, his work blue poles was acquired and has since been donated by ARTAND Foundation to the Art Gallery of New South Wales – a short walk from the site of barrangal dyara (skin and bones).


Jonathan Jones. Photo: Mark Stanley/Kaldor Public Art Projects

Prototype shields at Cine Art Studios in Melbourne. Photo: Zan Wimberley/Kaldor Public Art Projects

Kangaroo Grass

Jonathan Jones, blue poles, 2004/10; fluorescent lights, transparent synthetic polymer resin, composition board, electrical cord, 168.9 x 285.3 x 65 cm overall; edition of 3 and one museum edition; ARTAND Australia Emerging Artist Collection; National Gallery of Victoria Collection (purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2010); courtesy the artist; photograph NGV Photo Services