Boy in the cancer gauntlet.

Cancer Survivor Plaza

Field review by the editors.

Santa Rosa, California

Early detection is key to keeping abreast of abnormalities, so we continue to note the spread of a nearly identical sculpture and memorial to America's city parks. Called the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivor Plaza, the centerpiece is a large permanent sculpture by artist Victor Salmones of cancer patients passing through a sequence of squarish, distorted portals, representing various ages and stages of illness, treatment and recovery.

Jogger woman in the gauntlet.

The Cancer Survivor Plaza in Santa Rosa is in a park some blocks from the busy town center. It's a comfortable hang-out for the homeless and strolling Santa Rosans. The Plaza's 14 "Positive Mental Attitude" plaques are interspersed between shrubs and trees on either side of the Cancer Gauntlet.

The Santa Rosa gauntlet is positioned in a way that invites more interaction than we've witnessed before. Kids were cavorting through the portals, lightly smacking into the figures -- generally all the things you wouldn't do near a real patient undergoing cancer treatment.

Cancer Survivor Plaza

Fremont Park

Address:
4th St., Santa Rosa, CA
Directions:
Fremont Park, 4th St., between E St. and Brookwood Ave on the north side.
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