Blacktown laneways brought to life through art

Three Blacktown laneways have been brought to life through art.

Blacktown Council launched its innovative Living Art Galleries project last year.

The council worked closely with artists Martha Jabaour, Joanne Saad, Chrissie Ianssen and Majid Rabe to produce living art galleries in an effort to revitalise the Blacktown CBD and prevent graffiti.

The artworks will adorn the laneways for a trial period of three to six months. The three laneways have different themes.

Jim Simpson Lane consists of digital images of the Cumberland Plain Woodland to represent the contrast between the built and the natural worlds.

Mackenzie Walkway has been renamed the Love Lane with its red hanging Perspex love hearts and popular love songs played as background music.

The installation in Harry House Walkway is based on the ancient Persian story of Simourgh, a mythical bird who has powers of healing and who dwells in a faraway mountain.

It symbolises the opportunities for the many migrants and refugees who call Blacktown home. The suspension of 30 laser cut metal birds are illuminated by solar lighting with bird songs played in the background.

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