Aircraft model decorated by Balarinji Studio

Made by Scalecraft Models in Auckland, New Zealand, 1993-1994.

This model was a prototype for the livery of the full-size Boeing 747-400 aircraft spectacularly painted for Qantas with the ‘Wunala Dreaming’ design of Balarinji Designs, Adelaide. The aircraft regularly and arrestingly emblazons local and international skies. It is an outstanding example of contemporary Australian graphic design for advertising.

Created as a public tribute to the distinctive art of Aboriginal Australians, the design celebrates Australia’s natural beauty and cultural heritage...


Model of a Boeing 747-400 aircraft painted in the "Wunala Dreaming" motif. The model is supported by a metal and wood display stand. A print of the Wunala Dreaming motif is included.


333 mm
665 mm


This model is a hand painted design mock-up by John and Ros Moriarty for the repainting of the full-size Qantas Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The 'Wunala Dreaming' design tells the story of journeys by spirit ancestors, in the form of kangaroos, across the Australian landscape in ancient times. The artwork, created by the Balarinji Design studio of Adelaide blends contemporary graphic style and traditional aboriginal motifs in distinctive colours based on the Australian landscape. The Balarinji team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists has attained recognition in recent years through its distinctive graphic imagery and fashion designs. John and Ros Moriarty say the concept uses styles from Northern and Central Australia. Wunala Dreaming comes from the Yanyuwa people from Borroloola on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Balarinji Australia
Scalecraft Models 1993-1994



Balarinji: ancient culture, contemporary design
Powerhouse Museum; ddd gallery Osaka; and ggg gallery, Tokyo

Celebrating Australia: identity by design (2001)
Balarinji Australia


Gift of Qantas Airways Ltd
11 April, 1995

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Aircraft model decorated by Balarinji Studio 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2017, <>
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