Lane Cove is home to a number of public art projects including artworks, poetry, artist memorials and temporary displays.
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.
Bush at Dusk by Helen Proctor Wander by this stunning new giant mural off Christie Street and be impressed by its design, scale, and colour. Designed and painted by artist Helen Proctor, this new St Leonards icon is an abstract of waterways and bushland. The mural is 530 square metres.
Helen says 'The design draws inspiration from North Shore waterways and bushland. The design is kept abstract with the view looking through trees across a waterway. The colour palette is slightly muted with pops of colour coming through. These colours and a non literal interpretation of the landscape creates an non imposing mural for those in and above the library.'
Streets of Your Town 2022 by Shana Danon
Another Street Library has popped up in Greenwich featuring the work of Sydney-based artist Shana Danon (@emiliofrankdesigns) entitled Streets of Your Town.
The artist stated that, "This artwork celebrates the joy of neighbourhood connection, encouraging community sharing of resources to educate, inspire and invite creativity. Vibrant colours and motifs represent the adventures taken on the journey of a new book. My intention with my artwork is to create happy spaces and evoke joy, one house at a time, one street at a time. The houses, gardens and a flowers in Streets of Your Town artwork offer a sense of whimsy and childlike wonder, inviting you to join in the fun."
You can visit www.streetlibrary.org.au for Street Library locations throughout Lane Cove.
So Many People 2022 by Matt McLarty
The next chapter in our Street Libraries collection is now ready for the community to enjoy at Tantallon Oval Playground. It features the artwork of Matt McLarty who explains the meaning behind the piece, "So Many People is symbolic of both history and community, our interconnectedness over time and within society, the infinitely complex, sentient layers and webs that makes us who we were and who we will be. At this time of disruption our embrace of technological, compassionate and cooperative connections both holds us together and gives us a path to a future where we can move on from this. A future where we will be back to what we were, but hopefully, perhaps, a little better for where we've been".
You can visit www.streetlibrary.org.au for Street Library locations throughout Lane Cove.
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 sulphur-crested cockatoos."
Be sure to stop by when you're next in Lane Cove village to check out the artwork in more detail.
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. View the Streetside Gallery Map
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".
Bring your own bat and ball and enjoy playing on this striking piece of artwork!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
To suggest a future location or become a local supporter who
helps to monitor the libraries, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop
by your local Street Library to see what's on offer
Street library locations:
- So Many People 2022 by Matt McLarty - Tantallon Oval Playground, Tantallon Oval, Lane Cove North
- 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
'Bubble and Pop' by
Karri McPherson 2021, Phoenix Street,
Lane Cove and 'ABC (Animal Book Club)' by Amy Ge and Victoria Zhou 2021, corner of Austin Street and Alpha Road, Lane Cove
Traffic Signal Boxes
Lane Cove's Traffic Signal Box (TSB) Art project is one of many public art initiatives 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.
Traffic Signal Box locations:
- Local Legends by James Gulliver Hancock (2022) at the corner of Burns Bay Rd and Tambourine Bay Rd
- Risen from the Flames by Matt McClarty at the corner of Epping Rd and Sam Johnson Way
- Boys Own Magazine by Adam Long at the corner of Epping Rd and Tantallon Rd
- In Full Bloom by Kasia Jacquot at the corner of Epping Rd and Centennial Ave
- A Rose Amongst… by Andrea Davis at the corner of Centennial Ave and Figtree St
- A Tribute to Former Dairy and Pasture Lands of the Area by Doug Coates on the corner of Burns Bay Rd and Penrose St
- Lane Cove Critters by Ed Pearson on Burns Bay Rd near View St
- Rupert Kirks Soap by Sharon Ferris on the corner of River Rd West and Tambourine Bay Rd
- The Lady Southern Cross by Eirini Fokas on Northwood Rd near Kenneth St
- Our School in the Bush by Frannie Deane onRiver Rd near Greenwich Hospital
- Jacarandas by Mandy Kopelke on the corner of River Rd and Greenwich Rd
- Little Phoenix St by Laura Carey on Longueville Rd outside Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
- Lane Cove Trams by Mark Rowden on the corner of Longueville Rd and Birdwood Ave
- Streetscape by Rebecca Noël Holmes on the corner of Epping Rd and Longueville Rd
Council is encourages residents to take a self-guided route to cycle past some of Lane Cove's public art collection: