Tawny Frogmouth Owl by Koolpinyah Barnes Unveiled at Darwin Waterfront

2 March, 2010


Northern Territory Arts and Museums Minister Gerry McCarthy (right) congratulates artist Koolpinyah Richard Barnes (left) on his new public artwork. / Image Courtesy Northern Territory Government

PROJECT Darwin Waterfront Development
LOCATION Darwin, NT, Australia
ARTIST Koolpinyah Richard Barnes
ARTWORK Chinute Chinute
ART MANAGEMENT AND FABRICATION Urban Art Projects
YEAR 2010

Koolpinyah Barnes’ large bronze Tawny Frogmouth Owl sculpture, Chinute Chinute, was yesterday unveiled in Darwin by the Northern Territory’s Arts and Museums Minister Gerry McCarthy. The sculpture, is a key landmark for pedestrians entering the new Darwin Waterfront development from Smith Street Mall, and marks a sacred site for the local indigenous Larrakia people.

In his artist’s statement, Larrakia leader Koolpinyah Barnes describes the significance of the Tawny Frogmouth Owl to the local area:

Chinute Chinute is a Larrakia spiritual ancestor who exists within the sacred site known as Stokes Hill adjacent to this walkway. This ancestor manifests itself from time to time as the Tawny Frogmouth and stands as sentinel to the Waterfront area.”


Left: Chinute Chinute (Tawny Frogmouth Owl) is unveiled in Darwin’s Smith Street Walkway / Right: Koolpinyah Barnes works on the pattern for Chinute Chinute with UAP Patternmaker Cezary Stulgis.

“The Owl will be one of the key highlights as part of the new $3.2 million walkway between the Smith Street Mall and the Darwin Waterfront,” said the Minister, “This major work fulfils a desire across different levels of government to ensure that Larrakia culture has a high level of presence and dignity within the Smith Street Walkway.”

Read more:
Northern Territory Government | New Bronze Owl Unveiled

UAP Marker | Fabrication of Giant Owl by Koolpinyah Barnes

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