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Artisit Max Bauer on spray cans with the Elysium crew: Jane Fullerton, Harley Graham, Marisa Snow, Sonia van de Haar, Collen DaRosa, Christina Waterson and Rebecca Townsend, who attended the Elysium launch last Wednesday at Stone & Wood brewery. Photo Jeff Dawson
Artisit Max Bauer on spray cans with the Elysium crew: Jane Fullerton, Harley Graham, Marisa Snow, Sonia van de Haar, Collen DaRosa, Christina Waterson and Rebecca Townsend, who attended the Elysium launch last Wednesday at Stone & Wood brewery. Photo Jeff Dawson

Simon Haslam

Byron’s Lawson Lane is the exit for two drive-in bottleshops – it’s full of bins and is dominated by the concrete rear of the former Nomads backpacker building.

In a strictly utilitarian and commercial world, this service lane would remain plain ugly.

However, it’s about to be permanently transformed into Elysium, the brainchild of both Byron-based consultancy Creative Road Art Projects and Fullerton Creative, a local design practice that works on residential and urban landscape projects.

The team say it could be the world’s first ‘curated’ laneway, meaning that the ‘group devised a colour palette’ for the lane and concepts to ‘create a continuous immersive pedestrian experience’.

Artists Christina Waterson, Colleen DaRosa, Kellie O’Dempsey, Sonia van de Haar, Jumbo, Danny Gretcher, Harley Graham and Max Beaur will contribute in a group led by Rebecca Townsend from Creative Road and local designer Jane Fullerton from Fullerton Creative. A local group supporting women at risk of homelessness, Shift Project Byron Bay, is gaining art skills through the project.

‘Is Byron still creative? Has it become too elitist? Is it still for everyone? These are questions we have tried to answer in this project’, said local architect Harley Graham at the fundraising launch at Stone & Wood last Wednesday.

‘This laneway is for ordinary people, and we want to create an inspiring place for them’, he said.

Seed-funding has been provided by Council, and mayor Simon Richardson is urging businesses and private philanthropists to contribute as much as possible to reach the $100,000 target.

At present fundraising is about halfway there.

Principal sponsor is BASE (formerly Nomads), and other major contributors so far are Stone & Wood Brewing, Resene Paints (who are donating all the paint), The Byron Echo, Shogun Signs and Feros Arcade as well as PM3 and Harley Graham Architects.

Creative Road and Fullerton Creative are donating their services.

For more visit www.creativeroad.com.au/project/elysium/.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. What a great idea and the start hopefully of other art projects to bring the creative elements back into Byron!
    There are so many homogenised franchise shops taking over our town. This is a breath of fresh air!!

  2. Yes lovely project..but as a regular fulltime worker who walks down that laneway, I’d appreciate not having to dodge around the A frame billboards placed directly in the pathway of foot traffic so that we have to go out onto the road..which includes the hole in the wall coffee outlet where stools are placed so that pedestrians have no choice but to go out onto the roadway. Can we just have clear footpaths to walk around the Byron centre please….Ive lived and worked here for 12 years and find more and more cafes claiming the right to encroach on FOOTpaths like its their right.

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