Lane Cove is home to a number of public art projects including artworks, poetry, artist memorials and temporary displays
Street Library Artworks
Four new Street Libraries have now popped up in Lane Cove, featuring work by local and Sydney based artists.
The Kimberley Park Street Library was designed by Andre Braun and titled Diversity. Braun describes his artwork as 'representing the diverse nature of a library through various shade of colours, symbolling books but also representing the Australian landscape and cultural diversity, both in the natural environment and human social diversity. The series of smaller and larger hands represents the cultural diversity within the community, through different stages of life, from young children to elderly.'
The Ludowici Reserve Street Library was created by Adam Long titled, Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright. Adam quotes William Blake and Spike Milligan to complement his design. William Blake wrote, 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright' and Spike Milligan added, '…watch out, you'll set the jungle alight!' Blake also wrote, 'If the doors of perception were cleaned everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.' Milligan taught us that 'Education isn't everything. For a start, it isn't an elephant.' Adam ties all these quotes together by ending with, 'Whether you are looking for insight, or for silliness, a Street Library is a great place to find it – and to share it with others. William Blake didn't have this in mind, specifically, but the door to this little library is absolutely a 'door to perception'. It just happens to be one with teeth.'
The Northwood Street Library was completed by Ignacio Querejeta titled, Easy as ABC. Ignacio thinks, 'the idea of the Street Library is so joyful and simple; they provide mini community hubs which are not subject to opening hours but rather are always open for whoever wants to read. Increasing access to books in such a colourful, friendly way fosters a love of reading among residents, especially children, and this design represents the infinite, colourful possibilities which can be found within each library.'
The Stringybark Creek Reserve Street Library was completed by Yoanna Machowska titled Tattle Tea (pictured above). Yoanna has a fascination with, and wide respect for the natural environment. Many of her illustrations and paintings are of birds. Through this design she is able to capture the beautiful creatures in nature she so admires. She loves that, 'everyone can have access to reading books and hopes her little guardians on the walls of this Street Library welcomes readers'.
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 latest artworks as well as other public art sites in Lane Cove view the Streetside Gallery Map
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.
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.
Council would sincerely value your feedback about this public art project via this short online survey.
This project was part of Lane Cove Council's Christmas program running throughout December 2018 and was made possible by Lane Cove Council's Sustainability Levy.
Artwork by Matt Mclarty 2018 - Angelus Detritus
Council is encourages residents to take a self-guided route to cycle past some of Lane Cove's public art collection: