While COVID restrictions have kept many people from visiting art galleries, a Nowra project has taken art out into the open and back to the people in an unexpected way.
An art walk has been created featuring the work of internationally renowned photographer Tamara Dean of Cambewarra, which has been turned into 13 large sticker decals and placed on footpaths and buildings along the walk between the Bomaderry Train Station and Nowra's Jellybean Park.
Shoalhaven Council's arts and culture manager Bronwyn Coulston said the images transformed the walk into a beautiful and unconventional gallery.
"They're a really exquisite series of photographs that encourage us to think about our relationship with nature, and encourage us to think about the natural environment that exists under and around all of these built forms that these photographs are stuck on," Ms Coulston said.
She said many people had used the lockdown to better explore areas close to them, and Ms Dean was no exception.
"Tamara has spent a lot of time re-exploring her relationship to the environment around her - to her home, to the Shoalhaven and the South Coast, and these photos that are in the art walk are part of that exploration," Ms Coulston said.
Ms Dean notes that the photos reflect on the "opportunities to turn our focus closer to home and connect with the more immediate environment and to the beauty in our local area".
The photographs capture simple, personal interactions with nature and the environment, and encourage viewers to reflect on the natural landscape covered by footpaths and buildings.
The art walk is a temporary art installation funded by the State Government, through its Streets as Shared Spaces Program.
The images are expected to be in place for about six months.
Image: Shoalhaven City Council