Western Desert artist, Mervyn Rubuntja's painting illuminates Sydney Opera House

25 July 2018

The second edition of Badu Gili was premiered at the Sydney Opera House on July 24. Artworks by six Indigenous artists, including Western Desert watercolourist, Mervyn Rabuntja will illuminate the sails of the Opera House for 12 months - at sunset and 7pm each day.

“Badu Gili”, meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people is a daily experience that explores ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection. 

Other artists include Djambawa Marawili AM, Mabel Juli, Patricia Ansell Dodds, Penny Evans and Aiona Tala Gaidan with an original soundscape by Damian Robinson.

Badu Gili is best viewed from the top of the Opera House’s Monumental Steps.

Coinciding with the launch of Badu Gili, we have a selection of small watercolours by the artist, including the work projected on the Opera House. Mervyn works with Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre - the home of the Namatjira artists in Alice Springs. One of his major paintings was part of our 2017 exhibition Masterpieces from Iltja Ntjarra which was subsequently shown in Chifley Tower for several months this year.

View the works HERE

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