Houston Public Media – Coppini Broadcast – May 22, 2019

On May 22, 2019, Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters” broadcast interviewed The Lost Coppini Statue Project’s John Bernardoni. Show host Craig Cohen reviewed the salient facts surrounding the mysterious disappearance of Pompeo Coppini’s masterpiece, “Victims of the Galveston Flood” heroic statue from 1904.  The original plaster-paris statue at 10 feet in height vanished from the University of Texas campus in the 1920’s along with 23 other statuary donated by Coppini in 1914.  A project is underway to attract a benefactor, corporation or foundation to finance the cost to re-create the statue in bronze.  Two nationally prominent sculpting studios and foundries have been identified. The statue will ultimately be given to the City of Galveston.  The project cost is $450,000 plus the cost of the site and site related elements.  The statue was created by Coppini to commemorate the over 8000 who died in the Storm of 1900 in Galveston.




GDN Victims photo