Monday, 3 June 2019

It’s important for us to have art in public spaces – in urban hubs, bushland and parks, on headlands and by beaches. It’s even better when it’s by local artists.

As part of our ‘More to Manly, Safer Laneways’ project, laneways in Manly streets are being refreshed with unique street art. By adding public art to our places, we can create welcoming spaces that encourage the community to come together, respect the area and contribute to feelings of safety.

Short Street Plaza, Manly

It’s always fun to add art in unexpected places, right? Check out the two car park exhaust stacks that received a face-lift this week, giving these little exhausts bold and beautiful displays of artwork. Council engaged Local artist Meg Minkley to paint the groovy stacks with her interpretation of Manly’s aboriginal and architectural heritage.

Manly Library, Market Lane ‘Just a glimpse’

In April, as part of our More to Manly- Safer Laneways project, Manly Library has been transformed by local artist Miguel Gonzalez (MLON) into a canvas displaying a new giant colourful mural.

The mural is a representation of themes that remind us of Manly. The mural cleverly adapts to the building’s architectural features by wrapping around the curves and contours of the library with a design that is reminiscent of a comic strip. 

Photos by: Kayapa Creative Studio

Manly Corso, ‘Sunset Dreaming’

Local artist Patrick Hunter (Inkhunter) was the successful applicant of this amazing mural. The joint project between St Matthew’s Church and Northern Beaches Council to transform the retail construction site into a uniquely urban artwork with a Manly theme.

It’s certainly not your average construction hoarding - The mural was inspired by the unique ‘twilight’ moments Manly gets to bask in and the decadent light on the landscape during ‘the golden hour’. 

If you’re interested in upcoming public art opportunities in the area, you can email our Arts and Culture Team: 

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