Public art and placemaking

Public art contributes to the urban environment, provides interest and increases the City’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and visit.

Developing our City’s visual identity is a major goal of the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan 2017-2027. To achieve this, Council is promoting and facilitating a diverse range of quality public art initiatives across the City.

Current and future projects

Traffic signal art project

We invited local artists to submit an expression of interest to participate in the Lake Macquarie traffic signal art project. The project is an opportunity for artists to get their art on the streets while making a valuable contribution to the community.

Artists will be adding colour to traffic signal boxes located at Belmont, Valentine, Warners Bay, Cardiff and Windale throughout 2019.

Speers Point Park art commission

A striking 12m-tall public art sculpture will soar above the Speers Point waterfront from mid-2019 to celebrate Lake Macquarie and its significance to the community. The $150,000 commission, to be known as Chimera, will comprise a stainless steel tower topped with a wind vane in the form of a stylised vessel and three sails.

The Chimera design, by award-winning artists Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse, was selected via an expression of interest process in 2018.


CREATIVE Lake is an innovative curated collection of seven sculptures and murals by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists that adorn the Lake foreshore from Belmont to Toronto

Page last updated: 08 August 2019