The Artist Who Created the Statue of Hope for The James

Meet Alfred Tibor, the Hungarian-born, Columbus, Ohio sculptor who created the Statue of Hope for the OSUCCC – James in the early 1990s. Recruited by Dr. Arthur G. James to create a symbol of hope for cancer patients, Tibor sculpted a woman stepping forward, healthy and looking ahead in hope, releasing three birds to represent freedom and life. “If we do not have hope,” Tibor said, “we do not have a future.”

Tibor knows this well – he is a Holocaust survivor whose hope and faith kept him alive while held prisoner during World War II. That same hope and spirit also brought him to the United States in the 1970s, where he became an accomplished artist with renowned works all over central Ohio. Now 95 years old, Tibor continues to create stunning artwork that inspires hope and celebrates life.

The Statue of Hope, originally dedicated at the James Cancer Hospital in 1993, will be formally dedicated in front of the new James facility on May 12 at 4:00pm.