New statue honoring Leonard Nimoy announced in Boston
The news comes on what would have been Nimoy's 90th birthday
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On what would have been the actor's 90th birthday, the Museum of Science in Boston has announced a statue honoring Leonard Nimoy and his legacy.
The 20-foot, stainless steel monument will be in the shape of the Vulcan ta'al — known more commonly as the Vulcan salute that accompanies "live long and prosper" — and will stand outside of the Museum of Science.
"The 'Live Long and Prosper' symbol represents a message that my dad believed so strongly in," Julie Nimoy, Leonard Nimoy's daughter, said about the news. "The sculpture not only depicts one of the world’s most recognized and loved gestures for peace, tolerance, and diversity, but it will also be a beautiful tribute to my dad's life and legacy."
The announcement of the statue comes in the same week that the city of Boston officially made March 26 "Leonard Nimoy Day".
This is not the first time Nimoy has been featured by the museum. In the 1980s, Nimoy, who was born just blocks from the museum, recorded an introduction for the museum's theater that has been heard for three decades now.
"He lifted our aspirations and hopes through his commitment to science, intellectual curiosity, generosity, and, yes, logic," said museum president Tim Ritchie. "The opportunity to pay tribute to him is a great honor and what better day to make this announcement than on what would have been his 90th birthday.”
The next steps for the statue include finalizing site planning, fundraising, and the actual construction.