Thirty years after its creation, one of Horsham's most important pieces of art has found its new permanent home.
Past and present members of the Horsham Spinners and Weavers gathered to mark the installation of the Bicentennial Mural Tapestry in a corridor of Horsham Regional Art Gallery.
Five of the twenty or so weavers who created the tapestry joined Horsham Rural City mayor Mark Radford in commemorating the installation on Wednesday morning, among them Gay Wilmot.
Ms Wilmot said the tapestry depicted the early business centre of Horsham from the top of the post office, looking south across the burgeoning urban streetscape during the flood of 1898.
Ms Wilmot said the work first appeared in Horsham’s council chambers on April 30, 1988, before it was taken down.
"It should never have been moved," she said.
"It was supposed to stay where it was so anybody who went in to pay their rates could look at it.
"They moved it without saying anything and I eventually found it down the corridor that used to run between where you paid the rates on the Roberts Avenue side and the pathway to McLachlan street where you paid your water rates."
Councillor Radford said he hoped visitors to Horsham would take away a few things from viewing the creation.
"You learn about what Horsham used to look like, and then you look at the other side of it, and realise the creation that you're looking at," he said.
"It's been produced so lovingly."
The group worked under the tutorage of Mildura creative Marg Van Roy to learn the art of loom weaving, reinterpreting the image from a photographic glass slide into a cartoon for the tapestry design.
Each weaver was tasked with a small section or tile of the cartoon, a technique known as ‘mural’ tapestry.
Created in a workshop space within Horsham’s Mibus Centre, it includes 49 shades of grey and white wool, and took 2050 hours to complete.