Lane Cove is home to a number of public art projects including artworks, poetry, artist memorials and temporary displays.
Concurrents at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre
Next time you visit Lane Cove Aquatic Centre, you might notice the new artwork ‘Concurrents’ near the starting blocks of the outdoor pool. The artwork by Grant Molony, Jason Goulding and Russ Molony explores the ongoing theme of water and how it flows through time and space to make connections with the natural world and with people of all ages. Over thousands of years, the Lane Cove River has nurtured the lives of people living along its tree lined banks and today, now the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre provides a space for families and friends.
As a topographical map in the style of Australia’s first peoples, we see travel lines connecting special sites with our wonderful flora and fauna. We see old man Banksia, the uniquely soft Flannel Flower and we see the Powerful Owl – Australia’s largest. The circles are the camp sites. The shapes surrounding them are the people. The fluid lines are the water flows – moving in and out of the camp sites and joining all together. Look beyond the surface. Step into the spirit of what you see. Let its calming message take you to a place of warmth, love and peaceful continuity.
Street Libraries have now popped up in Lane Cove!
Street library locations:
- By Isabelle Shepherd - Helen Street Reserve, 37 Helen Street, Lane Cove North
- Soaring Thoughts by Maya Cheesman - Yorks Corner, 61 Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview
- Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright by Adam Long - Ludowici Reserve, Penrose Street, Lane Cove
- Other People's Books by Ignacio Quereteja - 151 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove
- Easy as ABC by Ignacio Quereteja - Lloyd Rees Park, Northwood Road, Northwood
- Diversity by Andre Braun - Kimberley Playground, 53 Kimberley Avenue, Lane Cove
- Tattle Tea by Yoanna Machowska - Stringybark Creek Reserve, corner of Centennial Avenue and Elizabeth Parade, Lane Cove
- Wonderland by Natalie Tso and Birrahlee Preschool students - Birrahlee Reserve, Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove
- By Anjali Abbey and Lane Cove Montessori Long Day Care students - Corner of Gay Street and Roslyn Street, Lane Cove North
These mini wooden houses hold books that you are able to donate, borrow and/or swap. And it's free! There are no associated fees or memberships to use Street Libraries. The Libraries aim to celebrate a sense of community, create opportunities for neighbourly connection and encourage literacy skills.
Local and Sydney based artists have been engaged to design and paint the Street Libraries.
Each Street Library has a Custodian who will be the local hero and caretaker of the designated Library. They will help alert Council as to any maintenance or support required. Council provides the artist-decorated Library, takes care of initial book stocking and helps to promote our libraries which are part of a wider Street Library network - visit www.streetlibrary.org.au for Street Library locations.
To suggest a future location or become a local supporter who helps to monitor the libraries, email email@example.com. Drop by your local Street Library to see what's on offer!
Lane Cove’s Guiding Stars
Lane Cove’s Guiding Stars was a temporary public art project inspiring residents to think twice about the amount of electronic waste generated through Christmas gift-giving. On display in Lane Cove Village from December 2018 - January 2019, the sculptural works are a series of six bold, three-dimensional star inspired sculptures made from electronic waste (e-waste) materials.
Find out more about this project here.
Artwork by Matt Mclarty 2018 - Angelus Detritus
Rosenthal Laneways Public Art Project
In 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.
Traffic Signal Boxes
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: