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Streetside Gallery

 

Lane Cove is home to a number of public art projects including artworks, poetry, artist memorials and temporary displays.


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Local Legends by James Gulliver Hancock

Lane Cove is home to another Traffic Signal Box artwork on the corner of Burns Bay Road and Tambourine Bay Road, recently completed in May 2022.

Local Legends by Sydney artist James Gulliver Hancock pays homage to the local history of Burns Bay and Tambourine Bay. The artist stated, "In this artwork we see the history of timbergetting along Burns Bay Road to Lane Cove River with logs and waterways twisting around the traffic signal box. The repeating logs intersect local flora and fauna with wattle, black mangroves and red gums lining the paths. Tambourine Sal's tambourine pops out of the scene also sparking the curiosity of kookaburras and sulpher-crested cockatoos."

Be sure to stop by when you're next in Lane Cove village to check out the artwork in more detail.






Flora Tropics by Jo Lockley

A beautiful new artwork has recently been completed on the additional ping pong table installed in the upgraded Helen Street Reserve. 

The work entitled Flora Tropics was completed by Sydney-based artist Jo Lockley. With this artwork, Jo wanted to, "explore blending the surrounding flora and fauna with the community functional item, with the ping pong players feeling immersed into the environment, reaping the benefits of being connected to nature".

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Village Night Lights

Village Night Lights was a 10 day series of evening activations in the Lane Cove Village, including the illumination of iconic sites around the village including Lane Cove Library, Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios, Lane Cove Plaza and The Canopy.

This included a newly commissioned digital video artwork featuring the faces, stories and imagery of Lane Cove that make it a unique place, which was projected onto the side of Lane Cove Library. The illumination was extended by a further week to finish on Sunday 27 January. 

Village Night Lights was proudly funded by the NSW Government: The Festival of Place – Summer Night Fund.

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Tribute to the Moon Down Under by Katherine Gailer

Birdwood Lane at The Canopy is home to a new mural, Tribute to the Moon Down Under, by Katherine Gailer (also known as KATIRA). The large-scale mural is on the rear wall of the Commonwealth Bank on Birdwood Lane and incorporates diverse elements of Lane Cove's natural environment, such as trees, native flora and birdlife.

This mural will be fully completed in April 2022 and is the second of two works that have been delivered by Council to enliven Birdwood Lane and its surrounds as part of the Lane Cove Village Art Project. On the rear wall of Lane Cove Newsagency, facing The Canopy’s town square, ‘The Daily’ by Kim Siew was completed in August 2021 (read more below).

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Turrumburra Storytelling in collaboration with TEK Electronic Arts & Aboriginal Heritage Office

Council commissioned a collaboration between digital multimedia company TEK Electronic Arts and the Aboriginal Heritage Office resulting in a new digital artwork entitled Turrumburra Storytelling. The work tells the stories of Turrumburra (Lane Cove River), the associated culture and history, across the passage of time and highlighting the interconnectedness of all things including the flora and fauna. 

This temporary digital artwork and public installation was commissioned as part of Lane Cove's Festival by the River and was installed in Lane Cove Plaza for the period of 1-10 November 2021. Festival by the River is an annual festival that celebrates life on Lane Cove River with a range of events and activities.

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The Daily by Kim Siew

Sydney-based artist, Kim Siew, has created this vibrant mural called The Daily on the rear wall of Lane Cove Newsagency facing The Canopy town square. What an amazing transformation!

With a playful reference to the newsagency that resides within these walls, The Daily also highlights the little routines that we create for ourselves to maintain a sense of connection with each other. Whether it's stopping for a coffee from our local, taking a walk along the neighbourhood streets or stopping to sit and read the paper within The Canopy square. These little habitual comforts are familiar to us all.

This artwork was completed in August 2021 as part of the Lane Cove Village Art Project; a public art initiative strengthening cultural and creative expression within Lane Cove. Public art is an exciting opportunity to create a vibrant and engaging atmosphere in the Lane Cove Village, preventing graffiti and enlivening public spaces.

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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.

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Street Libraries


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 cultural@lanecove.nsw.gov.au. Drop by your local Street Library to see what's on offer

Street library locations:

  • Untitled 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
  • Untitled by Anjali Abbey and Lane Cove Montessori Long Day Care students - Corner of Gay Street and Roslyn Street, Lane Cove North
  • Bubble and Pop by Karri McPherson, Kindy Cove, Phoenix Street, Lane Cove
  • ABC (Animal Book Club) by Amy Ge and Victoria Zhou, corner of Austin Street and Alpha Road, Lane Cove

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Traffic Signal Boxes

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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.


Art Cycle

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


Are you a local artist?


Join our artist register by completing our Cultural ​Database survey​. Any questions, please get in touch with the Cultural Team.

Council’s Cultural Team
Phone: (02) 9911 3594
Email: cultural@lanecove.nsw.gov.au​