TOWN UNDER: Floodwaters overran Esk during the disaster that hit the south-east in January last year.
TOWN UNDER: Floodwaters overran Esk during the disaster that hit the south-east in January last year. Contributed

Artists co-operate to remember 2011 floods

ARTISTS and community groups from across Esk and the Somerset will come together to create a memorial to the 2011 flood.

The "Pillars of Strength" will be built across the road from the newly-built Somerset Civic Centre.

The project is being designed by a number of local artists including renowned sculptor Laurie Nilsen.

The Somerset council has funded the project to the tune of $82,000.

Somerset council community development officer Jane Williamson said the memorial would be a space for the entire community.

"This will be a public art space as well as a memorial to the flood," she said.

"The art will depict the region's indigenous peoples, the area's heritage and the flora and fauna of the Somerset."

Mr Nilsen will be working with local artists including the president of the Somerset Arts Society, Tony Sticovich.

The covered art space will be decorated with kwila timber, which Mr Sticovich will carve and other artists will work on with clay and found objects.

While neither artist was flooded out both Mr Nilsen and Mr Sticovich were affected by the floods.

"I live on Mt Beppo, so I wasn't directly flooded, but the flood was all around me," Mr Sticovich said.

"I was cut off for days."

Ms Williamson said the covered performance area would be built to reflect the style of the nearby Civic Centre and would be able to be used by the public.

"The memorial design incorporates both roof cover and flooring, allowing the space to be used for art exhibition, performance, public events, weddings and general community gatherings," Ms Williamson said.



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