Aboriginal Installation Visible from Space

Paris - The musée du quai Branly has announced today the unveiling of a permanent Aboriginal work on its 700 sqm roof terrace.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will enjoy viewing this installation during a summer trip to Paris.

This dynamic work, entitled Dayiwul Lirlmim ('Barramundi Scales'), is visible from outer-space to Google Earth users, as well as, the 7 million people who climb the nearby Eiffel Tower each year. It is an adaptation of a new black-and-white painting by the artist, which will also be displayed at the museum.

The massively enlarged version of a work by Australian Aboriginal artist Lena Nyadbi adorns the roof of the multimedia library at the French capital's Musee du Quai Branly on the banks of the Seine. Created using stencils and with the same kind of rubberized paint used for traffic signs, the 700-square-metre (7,500 sq. ft) installation has been designed to be visible from several different levels of the nearby Eiffel Tower, which draws in around seven million visitors every year.

In keeping with architect Jean Nouvel's original concept, the installation is the latest of a series of Aboriginal artworks to be incorporated into the museum's design. The largest permanent installation of its kind, the project realizes the museum's vision of bringing contemporary Australian arts to a wider audience.

History of Museum

The Musée du quai Branly concentrated on indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The museum is located at 37, quai Branly 75007, situated close to the Eiffel Tower.

French President Jacques Chirac was a very influential proponent of the project. Quai Branly opened on June 23, 2006. The huge building was designed by renowned contemporary architect Jean Nouvel.

The "green wall" (200m long by 12m high) is a vertical garden on the north part of the exterior of the museum designed and planted by Gilles Clément and Patrick Blanc. It possesses a complex support system for the plants' roots, irrigation and drainage.

The museum complex contains several buildings, as well as a multimedia library and a garden. The museum's frontage facing onto quai Branly features very tall glass panelling which allows its interior gardens to be remarkably quiet only meters from the busy street in front of them.

The museum contains the collections of the now-closed Musée national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie and the ethnographic department of the Musée de l'Homme. The museum contains 267,000 objects in its permanent collection, of which 3,500 items from the collection are on display.

The Quai Branly museum, was recently involved in controversy over the return of Maori tattooed heads, known as mokomokai, held in France. The controversy arose after a museum in Normandy decided to return a tattooed head to New Zealand. Since 2003, the Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand's national museum, has embarked on a program of requesting the return of Maori remains held in institutions around the world.

While the Quai Branly museum was initially reluctant to return the mokomokai to New Zealand, a change in French law in 2010 allowed for discussions which resulted in repatriation. The mokomokai were formally returned to New Zealand on 23 January 2012 and they now reside at Te Papa.