Two new Street Libraries have now popped up in Lane Cove, featuring work by local young artists.
The Street Library at Helen Street Reserve, Lane Cove North was completed by Isabelle Shepherd. Isabelle hoped to recreate a small fairy tale cottage from the likes of Little Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel. By using bright primary colours, the Library stands out against the natural backdrop of the reserve, feeding curiosity as to what tales reside inside.
Maya Cheesman's work Soaring Thoughts is featured on the Street Library at Yorks Corner, Riverview. In creating this work, Maya was inspired by the local Lane Cove environment and fantasy novels. Often juxtaposing disparate elements within her work, Maya creates worlds where the slightly ridiculous becomes a beautiful possibility.
These Street Libraries hold books for the community to donate, borrow and/or swap. And it's free! For more information on the Street Libraries Project, see the Love Where You Live page.
To locate these two latest artworks as well as other public art sites in Lane Cove view the Streetside Gallery Map
In September 2017 Council initiated an art project along the Rosenthal and Birdwood laneways to provide a sense of colour, impact and energy for the village during the construction of the Rosenthal Project.
15 artworks are featured in between Rachel Stone's design 'Song of a little bird that fell in love with a whale' (pictured above). A full list of artworks featured in Lane Cove's Art Laneways is available to view online.
To find out more about the Rosenthal Project visit www.rosenthalproject.com.au.
Lane Cove is home to a number of public art projects including artworks, poetry, artist memorials and temporary displays.
Traffic Signal Box Artworks
The collection of painted traffic signal boxes in the Lane Cove government area grew again in early 2017 with four exciting new additions, now totalling 14 boxes as part of the Streetside Gallery. The new boxes play host to fantastic artists who have successfully enlivened local streetscapes by representing all that is great about the local area.
Matt McLarty's boxes entitled Risen from the Flames at the intersection of Epping Road and Sam Johnson Way, Lane Cove West celebrate the over 120 years of continuous industry and employment in the Lane Cove area. His work depicts the Chicago Starch Mills on the Lane Cove River in 1894, the great fire of 1897 and the industrial area as it stands today.
The box at the busy intersection of Pacific Highway and Longueville Road, Lane Cove was completed by Tirelle Peter (thepeatreecollective) and is entitled Welcome to Lane Cove. Her work pays tribute to the iconic and quaint architecture of the region and uses a light-hearted colour palette to reflect the vibrancy found within the Lane Cove community.
Lane Cove resident Doug Coates painted the two boxes at the intersection of Burns Bay Road and Penrose Street, Lane Cove West, entitling them A Tribute to Former Dairy & Pasture Lands of the Area. His illustrations recall the Charlish Dairy Farm which formerly occupied the land adjacent to intersection and reflects on the various dairies that delivered milk to the area in the early nineteen hundreds.
New to the Lane Cove neighbourhood, Ed Pearson completed his work Lane Cove Critters on the box at the intersection of Burns Bay Road and View Street, Linley Point. His work presents the sheer scale of leafiness in Lane Cove. The watchful eyes represent not only the variety of fauna we have, but are also a cheeky reference to the number of speed cameras in the area.
Lane Cove's Traffic Signal Box (TSB) Art project is one of many public art initiatives being implemented as part of the Council's Public Art Policy and Implementation Plan. The objective of the TSB Art project is to use traffic signal boxes as artist canvases to enliven the local streetscape, provide new opportunities for creative expression and deter graffiti taggers. It will contribute to a Streetside Gallery of art found out and about in the streets of Lane Cove.
Streetside Gallery Map
Council has put together a map of public artworks throughout the Lane Cove area.
The interactive Streetside Gallery Map includes destinations and descriptions of the artworks to allow you to explore the local area in your own time.
Our four new traffic signal boxes have been added to the map.
Council is encourages residents to take a self-guided route to cycle past some of Lane Cove's public art collection: