Mona Vale Public Art Installations



Marsupials by Eggpicnic

“It is difficult to imagine these species surviving the aggressive rush of hundreds of thousands of people commuting to and from work, the unforgiving noise and the endless additions to the concrete jungle that is an urban habitat. However, a handful of birds and animals have become urban residents of the Northern Beaches, with functioning ecosystems, very different to hundreds of years ago. Cities are changing the ecology of the systems they are built on, and animals are adapting to them and are here to stay. Marsupials binds species that have been reported and sighted by citizens of the Northern Beaches and form part of the living system of Mona Vale. We invite local residents to identify the iconic species that call our suburbs home and embrace our intimate connections with the natural world.”

Eggpicnic is a Sydney based illustration and design studio set up by designers, Camila De Gregorio and Christopher Macaluso devoted to wildlife conservation. They produce fine art prints and toys to end wildlife extinction through education. Playful and passionate, Eggpicnic tells the stories of the birds and wildlife we love the most and aims to open our hearts and minds, using simple lines and shapes to create characters that tread a fine line between art, design and cartoon, but also exude a serene stateliness that is utterly contemporary. Their iconic birds can be seen currently on hoardings in the City of Sydney area. https://eggpicnic.com



Beach by Neathway
“This artwork reflects the joy of going to beach on the Northern Beaches. While there are literal people in this artwork, I have also represented people through flowers and the sun – the beaming smiles of anyone immersed in beach culture. The Northern Beaches typically have large expanses of golden sand with a nice grassy place nearby to soak it all in. At any of the beaches you will find experienced local surfers, all the way to tourists learning to surf. Among other classic locals I’ve included the notorious chip stealing seagull. When people see this artwork, I want them to smile and imagine their feet in the sand.”

Neathway works across a range of art forms - illustration, animation, graphics, logos, murals, sculptures and more. His work has an iconic Australian surf culture style, reminiscent of early Mambo imagery. Joe uses bold colours, strong lines and a sense of humour to portray Australian contemporary life. He was born and lives in the Northern Beaches and has a studio in Brookvale. http://www.neathway.net/info/



Microbat by Thomas Jackson
“The Microbat was once very common all over Sydney and its surrounding suburbs but has become less so in recent years as people have started seeing them as pests invading their roof spaces or garden. Many conservation organisations have started creating ‘bat hotels’ in attempts to give these little guys housings within urban environments as alternatives to people homes. The Micro Bat is a nocturnal animal that feeds on mostly flying insects and can be seen flashing through the light stream of street lights snatching up moths and other insects. I personally think these guys are beautiful and love seeing them while out at dusk.

Colonies of Microbats have been found along the Northern Beaches. At least four species of Microbats have been sighted in the Mona Vale area. Efforts are being made to protect this vulnerable species.

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



Marsupials by Eggpicnic

“It is difficult to imagine these species surviving the aggressive rush of hundreds of thousands of people commuting to and from work, the unforgiving noise and the endless additions to the concrete jungle that is an urban habitat. However, a handful of birds and animals have become urban residents of the Northern Beaches, with functioning ecosystems, very different to hundreds of years ago. Cities are changing the ecology of the systems they are built on, and animals are adapting to them and are here to stay. Marsupials binds species that have been reported and sighted by citizens of the Northern Beaches and form part of the living system of Mona Vale. We invite local residents to identify the iconic species that call our suburbs home and embrace our intimate connections with the natural world.”

Eggpicnic is a Sydney based illustration and design studio set up by designers, Camila De Gregorio and Christopher Macaluso devoted to wildlife conservation. They produce fine art prints and toys to end wildlife extinction through education. Playful and passionate, Eggpicnic tells the stories of the birds and wildlife we love the most and aims to open our hearts and minds, using simple lines and shapes to create characters that tread a fine line between art, design and cartoon, but also exude a serene stateliness that is utterly contemporary. Their iconic birds can be seen currently on hoardings in the City of Sydney area. https://eggpicnic.com



Beach by Neathway
“This artwork reflects the joy of going to beach on the Northern Beaches. While there are literal people in this artwork, I have also represented people through flowers and the sun – the beaming smiles of anyone immersed in beach culture. The Northern Beaches typically have large expanses of golden sand with a nice grassy place nearby to soak it all in. At any of the beaches you will find experienced local surfers, all the way to tourists learning to surf. Among other classic locals I’ve included the notorious chip stealing seagull. When people see this artwork, I want them to smile and imagine their feet in the sand.”

Neathway works across a range of art forms - illustration, animation, graphics, logos, murals, sculptures and more. His work has an iconic Australian surf culture style, reminiscent of early Mambo imagery. Joe uses bold colours, strong lines and a sense of humour to portray Australian contemporary life. He was born and lives in the Northern Beaches and has a studio in Brookvale. http://www.neathway.net/info/



Microbat by Thomas Jackson
“The Microbat was once very common all over Sydney and its surrounding suburbs but has become less so in recent years as people have started seeing them as pests invading their roof spaces or garden. Many conservation organisations have started creating ‘bat hotels’ in attempts to give these little guys housings within urban environments as alternatives to people homes. The Micro Bat is a nocturnal animal that feeds on mostly flying insects and can be seen flashing through the light stream of street lights snatching up moths and other insects. I personally think these guys are beautiful and love seeing them while out at dusk.

Colonies of Microbats have been found along the Northern Beaches. At least four species of Microbats have been sighted in the Mona Vale area. Efforts are being made to protect this vulnerable species.

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