TRIP Located within Sydney’s Hyde Park, the Yininmadyemi Memorial is a sculpture/artwork by artist Tony Albert. Unveiled in 2015, the memorial was created to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served in the Australian military.
TAP The four seven-meter tall bullets that make up the Yininmadyemi Memorial have become an unmissable part of Hyde Park. Like all the best public artworks/sculptures, Yininmadyemi is thought-provoking; it’s a memorial that succeeds at grabbing the attention of all those who pass by. The Yininmadyemi Memorial is also highly symbolic; asking visitors to read, learn and reflect on the message contained within.
Yininmadyemi means ‘Thou didst let fall’ in the indigenous languages used by those who once inhabited this part of Sydney. The Memorial is made up of four standing bullets and three fallen bullet casings, symbolising the fact that not all who left for war returned. The bullets are placed upon an elaborately designed granite boomerang, a symbol of hope for the safe return of those who went to war. Designed to elicit a response in the viewer, a visit to Yininmadyemi is an excellent way to learn and reflect on this part of Australian history.
GO Visiting the Yininmadyemi Memorial is free and is open 24/7. The memorial is easily accessible via the Sydney Trains rail network (Museum Station). Visit Sydney Trains’ official website for train timetables, network maps and other useful information.