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. Public art is an inspirational way to express our unique Northern Beaches identity, acknowledge Indigenous history, celebrate our environmental heritage and get us thinking. So come on a journey and see how we’ve worked with local artists and our community to embellish, inspire and beautify.
Public Art in Manly
Manly Art Gallery & Museum (MAG&M) with the then Manly Council has documented the highlights of public art in the area, from 1882 to 2006. The ‘Public Art in Manly’ guide takes you to 24 sites where you can view thought-provoking, beautiful and culturally significant sculptures, murals and architectural details.
IMAG_NE, Mona Vale
Now Mona Vale has its own IMAG_NE, Sydney artist Emma Anna’s world-famous large-scale installation, in the laneway between the Library and the Memorial Hall. The installation was first shown at Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea in 2008 before becoming an international hit with communities all over the world.
Modus Operandi Brewery Mural, Mona Vale
This vibrant mural by the Sydney Street Art Collective in July 2015 covers the two-storey exterior wall next to the public laneway linking Harkeith and Darley Streets. From the 1940s to the 1970s, pre-brewery, this Mona Vale land was farmland growing fresh feed for the animals at Taronga Zoo. The mural depicts those exotic animals.
Sydney Water Murals, Warriewood and North Narrabeen
In 2015 Sydney Water commissioned projects to beautify its pumping stations. In Boondah Reserve, Alicia McFadzean created a mash-up of words, portraiture and geometric shapes to echo the energy of the sports fields. On Garden Street, Claire Nakazawa covered walls with bright geometric patterns, distilling elements of everyday life into abstract statements.
Groundswell, Mona Vale
Council commissioned Avalon artist Suzanne Davey in partnership with the charity Lifeline to create this temporary installation for the 2014 Enliven Pittwater Long Lunch. Using donated recycled clothing, Suzanne suspended lots of ‘legs’ hardened with resin above Library Laneway. Harnessing wind and light, they appeared to surge forward, walking and running.
Beautify the Bollards, Avalon
In 2014 Avalon artist Richard Stutchbury organised the local community to spend a sunny Sunday repainting the 18 iconic decorated beach bollards next to Avalon Beach SLSC. To celebrate the opening of its newly refurbished building, Avalon Beach SLSC joined Council to provide paints and brushes, inviting local artists to help.
Mona Vale Cemetery
Two local artists, Alyson Bell and Roberta Landers, were commissioned in 2014 to create a suite of designs rendered into 12 bronze plates to decorate new granite memorial walls. Each artist created designs inspired by local beach life, waterways, plants and animals.
We’re commissioning unique artworks by local artists as a major public art project for 36 kilometres of spectacular coastal walkway and cycleway stretching all the way from Manly to Palm Beach. The project is due for completion in 2019.