To mark the 10th anniversary Tropical Storm Irene and the devastation it brought to Waterbury village, a group of residents has launched a drive to raise money to install a two-story public art piece of a phoenix, the mythical bird that repeatedly rose from its own ashes.

Waterbury Arts wants to put the 22-foot by 21-foot piece, “Phoenix Rising,” designed by former Waterbury resident Jessi Zawicki, on the side of a Stowe Street building in the heart of the village.

Zawicki’s whimsical and colorful portrayal of the imaginary bird was the winner of a public design competition in 2019.

The group hopes to unveil the new piece Aug. 28 as part of a weekend commemoration of the 2011 flood.

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