Being from San Antonio and very familiar with Pompeo Coppini’s work, I was thrilled that Galveston was finally giving his great work for Galveston its due. After seeing the work, I’ve come to appreciate Coppini much more.

The artist did a yeoman’s effort but came up far short of the master. This statue lacks the subtle anguish and sorrow of a mother’s love for her children. It’s all id, like the difference between someone throwing themselves on the coffin and someone trying valiantly to control the pain and sorrow.

The children in Coppini’s work are almost abstract. They're like a part of her. One child seems to melt into her dress. It’s that power and subtlety missing in this work.

Coppini’s work is so powerful, so emotional without being overt, the current interpretation is all emotion, there's no subtlety. The artist created his own interpretation and that’s to be applauded.

But all I can feel when I look at this sculpture is what a shame that Galveston was so short sighted in 1904 and rejected Coppini’s seminal masterpiece that’s now lost to the ages and replaced with this lesser interpretation.

I suppose it’s better than nothing.

Shannon Deason

San Antonio

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Bailey Jones


C. Patterson

Perhaps beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Every resident here feels the threat of life and loss of treasure every time we are faced with a major storm from the “Great Storm” to every other “great” that has followed. We don’t need a Raffaelo Monti sculpture to feel the emotional homage of these events. A simple “storm survivor” plaque reminds us all of the threats we all share past and present. The sculpture was done as a GIFT, not a commission and the artist spent years of his time creating it. If you’re viewing it as an art critic you can’t possible understand how we see it, what we feel about it. So much more was stolen from Galveston in the of 1900 Storm that an sculpture. Its fundamentally changed Galveston forever... thats what we feel when we view it.

C. Patterson

“ all I can feel when I look at this sculpture is what a shame that Galveston was so short sighted in 1904 and rejected Coppini’s seminal masterpiece”...

I find this comment both callous and short sighted...

Galveston suffered 8-10 THOUSAND Deaths that night and a total and complete destruction of their homes and way of life. It took a decade to come to any semblance of their former lives and the loss of loved ones is a wound that wont heal. Galveston felt the sculpture was “ too painful” to look at having been presented just 4 short years after where everywhere they looked, was a painful reminder of what happened

Debbie Gremillion

Shannon Deason's comments are rude and completely inappropriate. And since you don't even live here, who cares what you think. The statue not a hot topic of discussion on the island, except that locals and those of us who had family members survive the Great Storm admire the tribute to them. I think it was irresponsible for the Galveston News to even publish a one-sided opinion that mocks a symbol of our legacy and the hard work of the artist who created an image of our resiliency.

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