We were recently invited by the Warmun Art Centre in East Kimberley, to prepare an artwork proposal for Lena Nyadbi for the new Macquarie Bank Global headquarters in Martin Place, Sydney.
Lena Nyadbi is one of Australia’s foremost indigenous artists, with one of the world’s largest art installations to her name – permanently on display in Paris beneath the Eiffel Tower. Nyadbi’s Dayiwul Lirlmim (Barramundi Scales) have been stenciled onto a 700-square-metre section of the roof of the Musee du quai Branly in Paris, now visible to Google Earth users.
Nyadbi was invited by the Macquarie Bank to submit artwork concepts responding to the Bank’s art collection theme, The Land and Its Psyche. A significant challenge was successfully integrating a defining piece of indigenous artwork into a visually busy heritage interior.
Merran Morrison creatively transformed two large scale Lena Nyadbi artworks into diverse materials such as marble and wool for the impressive new headquarters located in the 1920’s heritage bank building.
Working closely with Lena and the Warmun Art Centre Manager Adam Boyd, we produced a comprehensive proposal which included material samples and architectural renderings of the artworks in situ.