Eye-catching mosaics installed at River Street

Artist in charge of mosiacs at the Brechin flood prevention scheme, Maureen Crosbie (left), was pictured on Monday morning with local people who participated in the project

Artist in charge of mosiacs at the Brechin flood prevention scheme, Maureen Crosbie (left), was pictured on Monday morning with local people who participated in the project

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An open air gallery of community artwork has been installed in Brechin as an eye-catching highlight of the near-complete multi-million pound flood prevention scheme.

The River Street community mosaic artwork – five in total – take pride of place on the new flood wall that protects the area from flooding.

All beautiful works of art were conceived by local artist Maureen Crosbie. With her guiding hand they were brought to life with the help of local school children, the local day care centre, community groups and individuals.

Maureen said: “The mosaics have been a real community project and I have been delighted with the enthusiasm and passion that everyone has shown in producing these wonderful designs.

“It has involved all ages – from 2 to 92-years-old and I am proud to have been part of this legacy and hope that Brechiners will benefit from more than just keeping their feet dry.”

Each mosaic is designed around a theme and colour scheme. While they are all unique, they have the common element of the river flowing through each of them. Each takes the form of a semi-circle with radiating concentric lines that reflect Watson-Watt’s radar.

All of them represent Brechin’s heritage and culture. Indeed, inspiration for the mosaics came from memories, reflections and ideas from local residents.

Local industry, landscapes, nature and buildings all feature, as well as Brechin past and present and, of course, the River South Esk itself.

Angus Council’s vice-convener of Communities, Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “Each of these mosaics is a modern local treasure. Collectively, they are a quite beautiful example of what collaborative community pride, enthusiasm and creativity can achieve.

“We wanted the people of Brechin to feel that they were an integral part of this significant local project. This open air exhibition of their community spirit and imagination provides worthy illustration of that. Well done to Maureen and everyone who has been involved in this excellent project.”