Manly Vale Public Art Installations



Glossy Black Cockatoo by Thomas Jackson

“The Black Cockatoo is an iconic native bird, with its loud squawk and bizarre behaviour, it is a favourite of lots of Australians. I grew up bordering on the wild flower gardens at St Ives and saw many of these birds in my backyard and always enjoyed watching them eat little pieces of apple we left out for them. I would spend most of my summers out at the Northern Beaches enjoying my summer breaks from school and these little birds.

Indigenous stories relate to Black Cockatoo cries as seasonal warnings of days of rain and the need to ensure the waterways are managed.

Moving from the UK to Sydney’s northern beaches as a child, artist and illustrator Thomas was instantly drawn to the natural wildlife of this new country. Fascinated by the local animals and landscapes, he drew inspiration from his new home, as well as scientific plant and animal specimens, entomology and taxidermy.’ Today, Thomas puts a modern take on ‘Natural History Illustration’, painstakingly creating smaller scale works for galleries and translating these into large scale public murals. http://www.thomasjackson.com.au



Creatures of Manly Dam by Brentos

“As a WIRES volunteer and Aussie wildlife lover, Manly Dam holds a special place in my heart. For the Manly Vale piece, I wanted to illustrate the Manly Dam waterway and its local wildlife in all its beauty. The hero of this piece is the endangered Eastern Pygmy Possum perched atop a Banksia flower...which is under severe threat of local extinction due to local land clearing around Manly Dam. In the background I’ve illustrated the Manly Dam landscape and waterway with supporting local wildlife characters including two Black Swans....a Swamp Wallaby, Wood Ducks. Laughing Kookaburra and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.”

Brentos is Brent Turner, a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer who paints and runs the Brentos brand from his open art studio in Dee Why. His work is described as a uniquely tongue-in-cheek Australian style of modern art that bursts with pastel colours complimented by bold, striking linework – attempting to capture his audience in the moment and taking them on a journey of happiness, discovery and play. He injects a sense of kindness in his work towards the local wildlife of Australia, encouraging his audience to develop a respect and admiration for our wildlife and to learn more about how we as humans can help them.




Glossy Black Cockatoo by Thomas Jackson

“The Black Cockatoo is an iconic native bird, with its loud squawk and bizarre behaviour, it is a favourite of lots of Australians. I grew up bordering on the wild flower gardens at St Ives and saw many of these birds in my backyard and always enjoyed watching them eat little pieces of apple we left out for them. I would spend most of my summers out at the Northern Beaches enjoying my summer breaks from school and these little birds.

Indigenous stories relate to Black Cockatoo cries as seasonal warnings of days of rain and the need to ensure the waterways are managed.

Moving from the UK to Sydney’s northern beaches as a child, artist and illustrator Thomas was instantly drawn to the natural wildlife of this new country. Fascinated by the local animals and landscapes, he drew inspiration from his new home, as well as scientific plant and animal specimens, entomology and taxidermy.’ Today, Thomas puts a modern take on ‘Natural History Illustration’, painstakingly creating smaller scale works for galleries and translating these into large scale public murals. http://www.thomasjackson.com.au



Creatures of Manly Dam by Brentos

“As a WIRES volunteer and Aussie wildlife lover, Manly Dam holds a special place in my heart. For the Manly Vale piece, I wanted to illustrate the Manly Dam waterway and its local wildlife in all its beauty. The hero of this piece is the endangered Eastern Pygmy Possum perched atop a Banksia flower...which is under severe threat of local extinction due to local land clearing around Manly Dam. In the background I’ve illustrated the Manly Dam landscape and waterway with supporting local wildlife characters including two Black Swans....a Swamp Wallaby, Wood Ducks. Laughing Kookaburra and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.”

Brentos is Brent Turner, a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer who paints and runs the Brentos brand from his open art studio in Dee Why. His work is described as a uniquely tongue-in-cheek Australian style of modern art that bursts with pastel colours complimented by bold, striking linework – attempting to capture his audience in the moment and taking them on a journey of happiness, discovery and play. He injects a sense of kindness in his work towards the local wildlife of Australia, encouraging his audience to develop a respect and admiration for our wildlife and to learn more about how we as humans can help them.