barrangal dyara (skin and bones)

Artist Jonathan Jones with dancers from Bangarra - barrangal dyara (skin and bones) (image courtesy Kaldor Art Projects)

For the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones presents barrangal dyara (skin and bones), a vast sculptural installation stretching across 20,000 square-metres of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The project recalls the 19th century Garden Palace building where it originally stood in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, before it devastatingly burnt to the ground along with countless Aboriginal objects collected along the colonial frontier.

Head along to the gardens to view the artwork, barrangal dyara (skin and bones), and take part in the active program of lunchtime talks, which include daily artist’s insights with Jonathan Jones. There are also associated exhibitions and events at other cultural institutions around Sydney, so keep your eyes peeled for what’s on!

When: 17 September – 3 October 2016
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Lunchtime talks

When: 17 September – 3 October 2016, 1-2pm daily – details on Kaldor Public Arts Projects Facebook page:

Speakers include Dr Tim Low (22 September) who describes the impact and significance of local native bird life on the project site; Dr Keith Vincent Smith on the site’s history and the role and life of Sydney icon Bennelong (25 September); and Bruce Pascoe on Aboriginal agriculture and the role of native grasses in the Aboriginal economy (3 October).


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