On 6th June 2013, the musée du quai Branly (designed by Jean Nouvel) inaugurated a permanent Aboriginal work painted by the artist Lena Nyadbi on the 700 m2 roof terrace of its multimedia library, in the pursuit of its policy of presenting the contemporary arts of Australia, initiated from its opening in 2006.
An original and unique concept, this monumental work will not be visible from the museum, but by the 7 million visitors per year who climb the Eiffel tower, and also by the users of Google Earth.
The work painted on the terrace of the multimedia library is a detail of the painting Dayiwul Lirlmim (Barramundi scales) by Lena Nyadbi. It was produced using 172 stencils of 3 x 1.5 metres each, or an enlargement coefficient of 46, to enable better definition and good visibility from the Eiffel tower.
This work completes the public commission of painted ceilings of the musée du quai Branly's building on the rue de l'Université, which represents the largest permanent installation of Indigenous Australian contemporary art outside of Australia.