After expressing concern about Mercury’s safety during the library’s construction project, a plywood structure was put in place around the figures.
After closer inspection, it was noted that the container did not have a lid and that someone had marked Mercury’s helmet with a black substance resembling Ash Wednesday ashes.
This vandalism was brought to the attention of the BPL construction project manager, and to the Community Preservation Fund’s staff. This disrespect is disheartening and does not bode well for the statue’s safety in this location. More fencing has been added to the area, and the public is not allowed on library property. Updates to follow.