From left, NorCen Financial Services chair David Wheeler with artist Marina Villani and Seymour Health director Annie Fletcher-Nicholls at the unveiling of design sketches for a mosaic commemorating the hospital’s 100-year anniversary.

SEYMOUR Health and Kilmore artist Marina Villani last week unveiled the design for a mosaic planned to commemorate the hospital’s 100-year anniversary.

The sketch designs for the mosaic were unveiled at Seymour Health by Ms Villani, NorCen Financial Services chairman David Wheeler and Seymour Health board director Annie Fletcher-Nicholls on March 29.

Ms Villani created three large sketch design panels, which depict images of the hospital during the past century and reflect the history, growth and development of the health service.

The completed mosaic will feature stained and fusible glass, tile and stone materials, creating a tactile work. It will comprise three individual panels based on the sketch designs and will be located on a feature wall at the main entrance of hospital.

Seymour Health chief executive Ward Steet said Seymour community members were invited to have input in the design process.

“Following a call to action, we now have a number of unique items of memorabilia including historic plaques, certificates and photographs,” he said.

“These will be featured in the final permanent piece of art for the enjoyment of all. The design has sufficient flexibility to make room for any last-minute finds in the way of memorabilia.”

Seymour Health obtained project funding through the Wallan, NorCen Financial Services’ community investment program, which provided $6000 for the production of the mosaic.

NorCen operates the Bendigo Bank branches in Wallan, Broadford and Kilmore, and Mr Wheeler said the group was committed to supporting communities and allocating funds for local events.

Mr Wheeler, along with NorCen directors Terry Dobson and Kit Holland, attended the sketch design unveiling and were thanked for their contribution to the project.

Ms Fletcher-Nicholls said the 100-year anniversary of the hospital presented a great opportunity to create an enduring work of art commemorating the Seymour community.