Dean Cross

The Molonglo Monument


3 person dome tent and solar lights with the Aboriginal flag

Photo credit: Sean Davey


DEAN CROSS is a First Nations trans-disciplinary artist.

He has been formally trained in both Contemporary Dance and Sculpture, and works across the sculptural and pictorial fields. Through this he attempts to re-evaluate and re-construct what it means to be Australian in the 21st Century, and how that fits within our globalised world. He has been involved in numerous exhibitions and prizes including Tarnanthi at The Art Gallery of South Australia (2017), The Churchie Emerging Art Prize (2016), and The Redlands Konica Minolta Art prize (2015) and this years C3West project with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Dean is also on the Board of Directors of QL2 Dance, Australia's premier youth dance company.

Dean was born and raised on Ngunnawal/Ngambri country, however his ancestral roots lie within the Worimi Nation.


The Molonglo Monument seeks to remind the viewer that underneath the turgid Lake Burley Griffin the Molonglo river still runs.

Its banks once served as a meeting place for the Ngunnawaland Ngambri people and, as is most often the case with colonial architectural ‘advancement’, those banks were flooded and buried to make way for a memorial to the man that designed our nation’s capital. Now its waters are the home to fat carp, plastic water bottles and Canberra’s darkest secrets. However The Molonglo Monument floats serenely above it all, anchored to its place in history.  

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