Tony Albert

Sydney People
Tony Albert

'Yininmadyemi' artist

Tony Albert, winner of last year’s Basil Sellers Art Prize and the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, has created a sculpture that honours the sacrifices and bravery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. 

The City of Sydney-commissioned artwork was installed in Hyde Park South just before Anzac Day 2015. It features 4 7-metre tall, oversized bullets among 3 large-scale fallen shells. 

“I feel that the most powerful artworks relating to war are those that use bold and evocative images to stir strong emotions in visitors,” says Tony.

“In a similar vein, I feel that the scale of the bullets, at 100 times their original size, also lends the power of abstraction to this artwork.

“I have chosen the very confronting image of the bullet as it is a universal signifier for conflict, and I have chosen to arrange the bullets with some standing and some fallen over, to tell a story.”

“When service men and women returned to Australia, they were given land for their service. However, not only was [Tony’s grandfather] Eddie and his fellow Aboriginal soldiers not given any land, their land was still being taken away. 

“Eddie and fellow Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander men and women defended our country, they were prepared to fall but upon returning to our country, they were left to fall again – ‘Yininmadyemi’ - Thou didst let fall.”

“It’s my hope that this monument plays a broader role in recognising the efforts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women.”


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Last updated: Tuesday, 28 April 2015