Sculptures All Over The World Are Currently Being Discovered With Medical Masks Affixed To Their Mouths – Please, Stop Doing This!!

The Fearless Girl statue stands across from the New York Stock Exchange.
Sculptures All Over The World Are Currently Being Discovered With Medical Masks Affixed To Their Mouths - Please, Stop Doing This!!
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Listen: there’s almost always a time and place for slapdash conceptual art, especially if it’s the product of mass collaboration. During a time in which coronavirus is ravaging the planet, causing just as much emotional despair as physical devastation, people are certainly entitled to look for creative outlets so that they can stave off stasis and boredom.

However, sculptures all over the world are currently being discovered with medical masks affixed to their mouths, including “Fearless Girl” in New York City, a statue of Confucius in northern Taiwan and the Manneken-Pis statue in Brussels, Belgium. As vital as creativity is, it must be said: when there’s such a clearly practical and urgent need for medical masks all over the world, putting them on statues is baffling and just adds an extra note of confusion where there shouldn’t be one.

Supplies of N95 masks in particular, which are essential for physicians, nurses, and others tending to patients with COVID-19, are dangerously low, and the health officials have been warning private citizens not to stockpile them unnecessarily.

h/t: observer, artnet

The “Magic Carpet Ride” statue along Highway 101 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California.
Sculptures All Over The World Are Currently Being Discovered With Medical Masks Affixed To Their Mouths - Please, Stop Doing This!!
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A statue of Confucius by Taiwans sculptor Lin Hsin-lai, in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan
Sculptures All Over The World Are Currently Being Discovered With Medical Masks Affixed To Their Mouths - Please, Stop Doing This!!
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The character Titeuf by artist Philippe Chappuis, alias Zep wears a mask in Geneva.
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The Manneken-Pis statue that wears a protective mask support of medical workers in Brussels, Belgium.
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Sculptures at Plaza San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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The statue of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury dons a mask on the shore of the Lake Geneva.
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The beloved statue of the dog Greyfriars Bobby that has had a face mask placed on it in Edinburgh.
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Statue of King Baudouin with a mouth mask in Oostende.
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Igor Mitoraj’s sculpture ‘Eros Bendato’ (Eros Bound) at the Main Square in Krakow, Poland.
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A statue at the Luxembourg Square in Brussels, Belgium.
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The statues at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.
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A view of the Make Way for Ducklings statue wearing crafted face in Boston, Massachusetts.
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A statue in jardin des tuileries with a face mask on his face in Paris, France.
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A statue in the city of Sulaimaniyah, in the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Iraq.
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A protective mask and gloves are placed on a statue in Madrid Center.
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Face mask and medical gloves were put on the statue of Alex de Souza in Istanbul.
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A view of the Emmeline Pankhurst at St Peters Square in Manchester.
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A sign sitting at the base of the Rocky Balboa Sculpture outside the Philadelphia Art Museum.
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