The mask is the message on iconic Barre city park sculpture - Seven Days

“Youth Triumphant” - a/k/a the statue of the naked guy with a sword - is observing proper social distancing these days.

"The sculpture, made of local granite, was designed by C. Paul Jennewein in 1921 and cut by Gino Tosi, Enrico Mori and John Del Monte in Barre. It was erected in 1924 as one of those memorials that honors fallen soldiers while making a plea for peace. A curving granite bench, part of the Greek-style amphitheater designed by architect John Mead Howells, encircles the warrior. Due to an acoustical quirk, detectable by people sitting on the bench, the work is also sometimes called the "Whispering Statue." The kneeling young warrior holds a shield and a sword, pointed downward. Neither of these instruments would help him against an invisible enemy like the coronavirus. That fact was likely not lost on the anonymous masker. No matter where in the world public art has been amended with surgical masks, the prank reads as both playful and dead serious — a gesture that manages to combine the subversive humor of knit bombing with a stern public entreaty about respecting and saving lives."



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