If you are a visitor in the Biasotti’s home in Louis Creek you’ll notice a photograph of Mario Biasotti standing with Cameron Kerr at the Kamloops wildfire monument. The monument is about the 2003 wildfires, and Mario was used as one of the models for the work.
Mario’s involvement with the sculpture came about when Cameron Kerr, a well known sculptor from Vancouver, was commissioned by the Thompson Nicola Regional District to create a Wildfire Memorial after the 2003 fire storm, and it was to be placed at the Kamloops Civic Building.
Cameron made the trip to Louis Creek when he was ready to begin the work, as he was looking for models for the five figures in the planned monument.
Cameron cited “One of the main focuses of the memorial was to combine the historical significance of the forest fires; and the driving ideology behind the proposal was to portray people to the general public as recognizable and realistic.”
Mario, who was one who lost the family home during the 2003 fire said, “Cameron came to Louis Creek to look for someone to model one of the figures, but no one was interested. He is a very nice fellow, and when he asked me I agreed to do it. I was pleased to be one of the five figures in the monument.”
“Not many people have a monument while they are still alive,” said Mario with a grin, “I don’t mind that at all.”