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untitled (maraong manaóuwi)

This major site-specific installation looks at the similarly shaped symbols of the maraong manaóuwi (emu footprint) and the English broad arrow as a way of understanding history and cultural relations.

The emu footprint has long been inscribed by Aboriginal people as a design on sandstone outcrops and platforms, such as the engraving of the ‘emu in the sky’ constellation in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, in Sydney’s north. Conversely, the board arrow is a symbol of imperial ownership and represents the convict labour force that was responsible for the expansion of Sydney and, in turn, the dispersal of Aboriginal peoples from their homelands.

untitled (maraong manaóuwi) comprises more than 2,500 maraong manaóuwi/broad arrow designs created with red and white gravel sourced from Wiradjuri Country, covering the entire 2500 square metres of the Hyde Parks Barracks courtyard.

You will be able to walk on top of the work, a process that intentionally results in the work’s slow destruction.

This performative act questions memory, our individual roles in history, and the protection and preservation of cultural sites. The temporary project will undoubtedly leave a permanent mark on the cultural memory of Sydney.

This project is presented by Art & About Sydney and Sydney Living Museums.






Location of untitled (maraong manaóuwi) by Jonathan Jones
Hyde Park Barracks
Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney
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Every day, 10am to 5pm

Friday 21 February to Sunday 15 March 2020



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Phone 02 9265 9333

About the artist

Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones is one of the most celebrated contemporary Indigenous artists working today. His work has been exhibited in more than 60 major Australian and international art museums, galleries, festivals and biennales. Jonathan has won numerous large-scale public art commissions and his work has been extensively collected by both major public institutions and leading private collections.

Discover free workshops, talks and performances

Central to untitled (maraong manaóuwi) is a daily program of specially curated talks, demonstrations, workshops and performances. The program will include Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal elders, academics, artists and thinkers. Join us for one or more of the following:

Special opening performance: Yandul

Make your mark

Talks with Jonathan Jones and special guests

Storytelling and workshop with Cheryl Davison

Performance and workshop with Sharron Lindh

Storytelling and workshop with Shannon Foster

Late nights at the Barracks: Understanding the Voice

Special closing event: Emu Dance