Ask 2: What happened to the “Cancer, There Is Hope” statue at Hermann Park?

"Cancer, There is Hope" statue at Hermann Park (Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy)

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Question: What happened to the “Cancer, There Is Hope” statue at Hermann Park?

Answer: KPRC 2 reached out to both the Hermann Park Conservancy and City of Houston Parks and Recreation Dept., and both have said the statue is set to be removed due to “damages beyond repair” by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

A spokesperson for the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Dept. said in a statement the artwork was vandalized in recent months and is currently on a list to be deaccessioned.

The spokesperson also pointed out that three of its figures are not in possession within the City of Houston and the artist, Victor Salmones, passed away in 1989, thus impossible to recast the missing pieces.

The statue became part of the city’s collection via a donation from the Richard and Annette Bloch Foundation in May of 1993, according to the Parks and Recreation dept.

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