Steel Animal Designs by Ngarga Warendj


Almost Gone!

Mick Harding from Ngarga Warendj has worked with Animalia to create these stunning designs that have been laser cut from 3mm Corten Steel.

Made in Australia

There are three designs to choose from:

Dhulin the Goanna

Dhulin the Goanna is one of the six special men who helped Bundjil the Wedge Tailed Eagle - our Creator - when he created the Earth. Bundjil taught all the special men how to look after his creations - the mountains and the rivers, man, woman and all the animals. He taught them how to make weapons, how to fight with them, and how to behave with one another. After Bundjil had finished, Bellum Bellum the Musk Crow blew Dhulin and the other special men to the stars. - Mick Harding

Size: 41cm x 20.5cm

Barebin Buk the Long Necked Turtle

Barebin Buk the Long Necked Turtle is native to South East Australia. They are often found in slow moving water, in the still waters of rivers and creeks such as the swamps or wetlands.
He is a good indicator of the health of the wetlands and rivers. He is a spirit animal for many mobs. - Mick Harding

Size: 30cm x 17.6cm

Budja the Platypus

Budja the Platypus is a good indicator for river health. Budja is a busy little fella that lives in the water and on the land. Budja lays eggs to produce its offspring. - Mick Harding

Size: 30cm x 19cm


Mick Harding is a proud Taungwurrung Kulin and the artist behind Ngarga Warendj – Dancing Wombat. Aboriginal art in Victoria is unique in its symbolism. It links with our stories and songlines like fingers reaching out to other areas of Australia.

When Mick creates something he express his cultural integrity in place, by being respectful of the interpretation of his culture, and share his story as a Taungwurrung Kulin (Aboriginal man from my traditional country). 

“We are the first peoples of this land and have an ongoing responsibility to keep our culture alive and relevant in our current society. We belong to this land” explains Mick.

Mick and the team at Ngarga Warendj encourage our children to express their creative minds to keep alive for the future.  “Our children’s future, Our culture, Your culture”

Ngarga Warendj – Dancing Wombat produces high quality contemporary Indigenous Art, using designs based on traditional symbols from South-East Australia.

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