Monument to wildfire volunteers to be unveiled in spring

The artwork was initially earmarked for installation at Sandman Centre this past November, but there were delays in the acquisition of building materials

Erecting the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s monument to the volunteer effort during wildfire season has been delayed.

The piece, dubbed Lend A Hand and created by B.C. artists Lee-Anne Chisholm and Aaron Harder, will be placed in the plaza outside Sandman Centre this coming spring.

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The artwork was initially earmarked for installation this past November, but there were delays in the acquisition of building materials, TNRD chief administrative officer Suhk Gill told KTW.

He said the artwork will likely be delivered in about a month and erected once the base it will rest upon is constructed.

“They’re just finishing building it and we’re going to be working with the City of Kamloops to work on the base — weather permitting,” Gill said.

The piece was designed to represent support and the Canadian spirit, with a prominent maple leaf and hands supporting people and animals.

The artwork was one of three pieces juried by six representatives from the City of Kamloops and regional district.

Earlier this year, models were displayed throughout TNRD libraries in areas impacted by the fires, giving the public a chance to to weigh in and represent one vote in the selection process.

Considerations included the theme of volunteer spirit, whether the proposal will fit in the space allotted at Sandman Centre, whether it is representative of the region and strong design.

The budget for the art installation is $100,000.

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