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New summer installations in Ballarat laneways

Visit Ballarat

12 Jan 2022

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Discover new colourful street art and light installations in Ballarat this summer.

The city’s Ballarat Summer Laneways activation runs from Monday 17 January until Sunday 27 February.

McKenzie Street. Image: Meda Design Au

McKenzie Street

Ballarat artist Kelsie White has drawn inspiration from street art around the world to create a bright and movement-filled artwork (main picture) in McKenzie Street near Hydrant Food Hall.

Her design features 16 native birds from the Ballarat region, with Kelsie gaining a special insight into the creatures from the Friends of the Canadian Corridor.

The aim of the artwork is to showcase the region’s beautiful birds and show their movements through the air as they fly out of the wall and up to the top of McKenzie Street (which connects Armstrong Street North and Doveton Street North).

Their wings soar and move silently along the building. The chosen colours aim to catch your eye as you pass the laneway and draw you down into the space.

Jump in front of the wall and take a photo to join the birds on their journey.

Hop Lane: Image: Meda Design Au

Hop Lane

Ballarat lighting company Illumidy is behind Hop Lane’s new ‘roof’ of lights installation, ‘Thris’, made from smart pixel dot lights.

Look up as you walk down Hop Lane and observe the interaction of light cascading from above.

As night falls, the pixels will illuminate your journey.

And if you stay still long enough, you will be saturated in a shower of light.

Known for its colourful umbrella canopy, Hop Lane runs off Armstrong Street North and leads to Hop Temple.

Police Lane: Image: Meda Design Au

Police Lane

Illumidy has also been hard at work in Police Lane installing ‘Disco Trick’.

Follow the call of the disco ball and observe colourful beams of light reflecting across the laneway throughout the day and night.

Located next to the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Police Lane runs off Lydiard Street North.

Summer Sundays. Image: Meda Design Au

Ballarat’s full line-up of summer activations also includes:

Main image: Meda Design Au


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.