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Michael Nelson Jagamara's Forecourt mosaic pavement

Michael Nelson Jagamara (c. 1945–2020) (artist), Warlpiri people, with William McIntosh (stone consultant), Aldo Rossi (1919–91) (stonemason), Franco Colussi, (b. 1938) (stonemason), Forecourt mosaic pavement, 1986–1987, Art/Craft Program, Parliament House Art Collection, Department of Parliamentary Services, Canberra, ACT. © Estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd. Image courtesy of the Department of Parliamentary Services, Canberra, ACT.

Cultural warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that the following contains the names, images and voices of people who are deceased.

Centre-most in the Forecourt of Parliament House is the mosaic pavement designed by Warlpiri artist Michael Nelson Jagamara AM (also spelt Tjakamarra or Jakamara). It is a significant symbolic reminder, at the heart of Australia’s democracy, of the over 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ presence in this country.

Completed in 1987, just prior to the opening of the new Parliament House, the mosaic measures 196 metres square and is surrounded by a ceremonial pool of water, referencing Australia as a land surrounded by sea.