A 5.4m sculpture that will help connect central Horsham and the Wimmera River has been installed this week.
Taradale artist Alex Sanson has spent the past three months crafting the tree-like form from stainless steel before the finishing touches were completed onsite.
Mr Sanson said a life-long love and fascination for both rivers and trees inspired his artwork.
“I hope it’s a reminder of the great value that these essential elements of inland eco-systems can offer, as focal points for life, meeting and community as well as being a home for all the myriad life that is nurtured by them,” he said.
The area where Firebrace Street meets the Wimmera River will form a key community meeting place. Along with the sculpture, it will have sheltered seating areas and act as a starting point to explore the riverfront.
The Riverfront Activation Project is the first stage of the City to River Masterplan, a 20-year plan which aims to enhance and activate the Wimmera River precinct and its link to the central activity district of Horsham.
Under construction nearby is a large pergola-type structure. When completed by the end of winter, it will provide a framed view of the church spire at the very top end of Firebrace Street, just under 2km away.
Signage and educational material about the site, including cultural heritage and post-settlement history will be integrated into the landscape development.
A site for a cafe is also proposed in the longer term.
The project has been funded with contribution from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.