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Street Libraries - Artist Call Out

Council is seeking four original, colourful and appropriate designs for our next step of Street Libraries in the community. The project is open to artists who reside in the Lane Cove area and greater Sydney.

The Street Libraries Project encourages the community to donate, swap and borrow books from mini wooden houses located within community parks and streets. By decorating with painted artworks, the Libraries enliven the local streetscape, raising awareness of the Libraries and reducing the likelihood of vandalism. Please note our Libraries may be relocated and as such, Lane Cove Council cannot guarantee how long each Library will remain at its original site.

Designs need to:

  • Be original, colourful, appropriate for public display and engage with a literary theme and/or convey a sense of the local area.
  • Replicate the dimensions of each Street Library: 56cm (h) x 53cm (w) x 36cm (d)
  • The artwork must cover all exterior sides of the Library and any text must be minimal. The interior of the Library must also be painted in a light neutral colour.
  • Consideration must be given to a circular area of approximately 10cm diameter which will be covered by a Love Where You Read sticker by Council.
  • To reduce the likelihood of graffiti tagging occurring, designs must only have small areas of block colour.
  • Designs can be an original artwork previously developed by the artist provided that Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights remain with the artist.
  • The design proposal will engage with a literary theme and/or convey a sense of the local area.

For more information and details on how to make a submission please view our Full Artist Brief.

Completed submissions are due by Monday 28 January 2019 with artworks to be completed in February 2019.

For any further enquiries, please contact Council's Cultural Team at

Lane Cove's Guiding Stars

Lane Cove’s Guiding Stars is a temporary public art project inspiring residents to think twice about the amount of electronic waste generated through Christmas gift-giving. The project contains a series of six bold, three-dimensional star inspired sculptures made from electronic waste (e-waste) materials. Created by a number of Lane Cove and Sydney-based artists working across a variety of mediums, the artworks will be on display in the Lane Cove Village throughout December.

The commissioned artists are: Matt McLarty, Sally McKay, Stephanie Powell and Anne Marie Cummins.

This project is part of Lane Cove Council's Christmas program running throughout December 2018 and was made possible by Lane Cove Council's Sustainability Levy.

Did you know?
Lane Cove residents are currently able to drop off their electronic waste for free at the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre in Artarmon. Find out more information about responsibly disposing of e-waste online today!

About the Artists and their works;

Anne Marie Cummins
L'Ordinateur Stars, 2018

Anne Marie Cummins is a creative director and local resident of Lane Cove. She started her career studying sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts and also obtained a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications.

She has created two L'Ordinateur Stars for this project. The first uses recycled cables and wires to explore wrapping, weaving and braiding techniques. Built primarily out of green computer parts, the second work is inspired by the idea of a computer generated star, growing up like grass from the earth. 

Sally McKay
Entangle Fractals, 2018

Sally McKay was born in Melbourne and was introduced to Photography at an early age by her father who was a Lithographer and Offset-Printing entrepreneur. She worked as a Portrait Photographer in Sydney for ten years before launching her career as a Photographic Artist. Her inspiration comes from her fascination with individual colour preferences, her introverted inclination towards creativity and mindfulness, and her love of learning. She largely creates works from artefacts found in her immediate environment.

Entagle Fractals is created from a painstaking arrangement of e-waste objects displayed as star-shaped fractal patterns. The artists' intention is that the viewer will then begin to question the perceived "beauty/appeal" we see in acquiring these often rapidly purchased, and rapidly disposed of items.

Matt McLarty
Angelus Detritus, 2018

Matt McLarty is a Lane Cove local and an emerging artist and photographer. His painted works often feature bold colours in a simplistic abstract style. His catalogue of photographs is vast and includes macro images of the natural world, impressive landscapes and everyday objects otherwise forgotten.

Angelus Detritus is a sculptural work inspired by Paul Klee's painting Angelus Novus.  The philosopher Walter Benjamin wrote of the painting: "Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage… and hurls it at his feet… But a storm is blowing from Paradise; and caught in his wings…. the storm propels him into the future…. while the pile before him grows skyward. The storm is what we call progress."

This work reflects the idea that it is now we who are speeding on the winds of progress whilst the angel watches the detritus of our consumerism ever piling its wreckage at her feet.

Stephanie Powell
Memory Star and Key Star, 2018

Stephanie Powell has been working with found objects for nearly a decade. She has completed residencies at Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre and Reverse Garbage. Her work has been exhibited across Australia and internationally. Stephanie has a passion for the environment and her work expresses contemporary social and environmental concerns.

Stephanie has created two works for this project – Memory Star and Key Star - inspired by the intricate design of computer parts including RAM, motherboards and keyboards. With inbuilt planned obsolescence so common, Stephanie's work reflects the idea that we need to purchase electronic goods with longevity in mind to help protect our planet from e-waste pollution.

Street Libraries

HelenSt_wEB.jpgTwo 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 YorksCnr_Web2.jpgwork, 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

IMG_7644.JPGIn 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


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.

TSB_NewTSBArtworks_Coates_2017.jpgStreetside 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.

Art Cycle

Council is encourages residents to take a self-guided route to cycle past some of Lane Cove's public art collection: