THE refurbishment of one of Griffith's most iconic monuments is starting to take shape more than 10 years after it was closed off for renovations.
In its place of honour at the top of the main street, the Nancy Blumer memorial has morphed into a stunning artwork of orange and yellow tiles, with six silver stamens rising up from its centre.
Originally intended to look like a flower, the monument was built as a fountain but after years of wear and tear, council and the Blumer family agreed to eliminate water from the structure.
Its transformation is almost complete.
"It's really coming along well; there are still a few things to be done like the tiling of the base and upgrading of the footpath next to the monument," council principal planner Peter Badenhorst said.
"There is also some landscaping to do and other outstanding activities including installing lighting, but we're certainly getting there.
"It looks great and I'm really happy with the progress we've made."
The base of the memorial will be tiled with black granite and will feature plaques telling the story of Nancy Blumer, one of the city's most celebrated pioneering women.
The structure will be lit up from within at night.
Mr Badenhorst said the work would be finished "within the next couple of months".