FORECOURT MOSAIC PAVEMENT (POSSUM AND WALLABY DREAMING).

1986–1987. Reproduced with permission of the artist through the Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd. Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT.

This is the first artwork visitors see on arrival at Parliament House, Canberra, the 196-square-metre mosaic based on Luritja/Warlpiri Michael Nelson Jagamara’s (b. 1945) painting Possum and Wallaby Dreaming. It symbolises the wisdom and values of a culture that lived in harmony with the land and is an enduring symbol of the presence of Indigenous people in Australia. Made up of more than 90,000 individual hand-cut granite setts, the design depicts Dreaming ancestors, including the brush-tailed possum, red kangaroo, rock wallaby and goanna, gathering for an important ceremony, their tracks moving toward the concentric circles at the heart of the mosaic. See this work, and the rest of the national collection, in Canberra.

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