We're thrilled that Galveston resident Doug McLean's beautiful sculpture, "Hope," will have a home in a new city park on the historic City Hall grounds later this year.
“Hope” is McLean’s interpretation of a plaster study called “Victims of Galveston” created in 1904 by Pompeo Coppini, an Italian born sculptor, which paid tribute to the survivors and victims of the 1900 storm. The plaster study was to the City of Galveston in 1904, but leaders declined to see the project completed at that time. Coppini did create the statue. Its last known whereabouts were on the UT campus in Austin in the 1920s, but it has since been lost.
McLean learned about the lost statue several years ago and set his sights on recreating it. He has been working on the statue for more than three years, creating a clay-based mold.
“When I first saw the few surviving photos of the sculpture, I was struck by the powerful image and the anguish on the face of the female figure,” says McLean. “I felt I needed to challenge myself to create my own interpretation of this lost work.”
McLean continues to seek donors to fund the molding and casting of the sculpture. For more information on the “Hope” sculpture, visit www.GalvestonSculpture.com.