Normalizing Mask Wearing by Masking Statues and Busts

Posted by: Ivy Gutierrez Category: Uncategorized Comments: 0 Post Date: August 22, 2020

Normalizing Mask Wearing by Masking Statues and Busts

Governments around the world are starting to implement mandatory mask-wearing in establishments during the pandemic. American Alliance of Museums suggests encouraging or requiring guests to wear masks in museums as a “particularly essential [measure] in times when physical distancing is not possible”. Many museums and establishments have decided to promote mask-wearing by masking their own exhibits and statues. Here’s a collection of some art pieces that have recently found themselves modernized! 😀


Statue of President Lincoln wearing a mask. Source: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation 

A surgical mask is placed on the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue outside the New York Stock Exchange. Source: AP

PRINCETON, NJ: A bust memorial of Albert Einstein standing in Princeton University with a hospital mask on his face. Source: NBC Philadephia

Purdue’s ‘Brickhead’ gets a mask. Artist James Tyler approves of the add-on and sends his thanks. Source: Journal and Courier 

A statue wearing a protective mask at the Trocadero square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Source: France24

A life-sized dinosaur family wearing masks bursts from the walls of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the world. Source: NPR

The McLean County Museum of History is looking to chronicle COVID-19 history as it unfolds. Source: WGLT

Statues of Jesse Fell Abraham Lincoln and David Davis sport brightly-colored knitted surgical masks on Monday, March 30, 2020, that evidently were placed by someone making a statement about life in the coronavirus pandemic. The sculpture group, “Convergence of Purpose,” represents the moment Fell and Davis convinced Lincoln to run for president as the nation neared Civil War. Source: JG-TC 

The famed sculpture of Atlas at Rockefeller Center is covered with a face mask, Sunday, June 21, 2020, to coincide with New York City entering phase two of reopening. The gesture is presented by Tishman Speyer as part of an Association for a Better New York (ABNY) initiative and serves as a reminder to New Yorkers to wear their masks and observe social distancing as more New Yorkers go back to work. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Tishman Speyer) Source: Poynter

A protective mask adorns a statue in a front yard in Takoma Park on March 26. Source: The Washington Post

Someone put a face mask on the statue of St. Augustine founder Pedro Menendez de Aviles outside the Lightner Museum. Source: WJXT

The lions wear face masks outside The Art Institute of Chicago during the coronavirus pandemic. The masks were installed as a symbolic gesture on Thursday, one day ahead of a statewide mandate requiring masks in public places. Source: Chicago Sun-Times 

Gene Autry Statue in Palm Springs dons a surgical mask. Source: Desert Sun 


Featured image of Boston Museum of Fine Arts where the local artist Peter Agoos placed surgical masks on outdoor statues. Source: Boston Globe

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