Ocean Guardian

Brian Robinson
Ocean Guardian, 2017
Cast aluminium with carved minaral, 110cm wingspan x 155cm long x 10cm deep, Editions 2-5/5 available


Ocean Guardian features Robinson’s hand-carved designs on the stingray’s back called “minaral” that he states are, “the distinctive graphic traditional patterning of the Torres Strait” that “loosely conforms to a combination of rhythmic attributes full of liveliness and shimmering movement”. The sculpture was fabricated in cast aluminium by Urban Art Projects (Australia) in Brisbane and its presentation in New York has been assisted by UAP’s highly enthusiastic New York team.

Through his editioned sculpture, Robinson “relays the creation story of the Great Barrier Reef Gunya and the Sacred Fish as told by Gimuy Walabura Yidinji elder Gudju Gudju (Seith) Fourmile in the recent documentary David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef“. The story of the stingray connects with Robinson’s Aboriginal heritage as well because this animal is one of his family’s Indigenous totems from the white sand dunes of Shelburne Bay, Eastern Cape York Peninsula (the Wuthathi people). Robinson acknowledges the local mythic importance of this graceful creature in the work.

Australia: Defending the Ocean
United Nations Headquarters, New York City, USA
5 – 30 June 2017

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2017
Cairns, Australia
14 – 16 July 2017

Australia: Defending the Ocean
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
17 July 2017 – 10 January 2018

© artwork courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery
Photo: Louis Lim