Memorial Statue Planned In Boston To Honor Star Trek Icon Leonard Nimoy
We live in divided, uncertain and chaotic times, so perhaps it’s not surprising that people seem to be looking to the utopian future of Star Trekright now. There are multiple ongoing shows, politicians are discussing Trek minutia and just a few weeks ago, Captain Janeway’s (future) hometown erected a statue of her. Now, there’s a chance that Boston might follow suit with a statue to honor Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy.
Nimoy was born and raised in the West End Jewish community of Boston, attended Boston College and visited the city regularly. His memory lingers long there, you can hear his narration in the Boston Museum of Science and Leonard Nimoy Day is celebrated every November 13th. In 2012, Boston University even awarded him an honorary degree and the actor gave a commencement address where he talked about the importance of his roots, saying:
Now, artist Thomas Stocker has plans for a fitting memorial in the form of a statue of his famous Vulcan salute (which Nimoy came up with himself). Stocker explained he was inspired by 2014 documentary Leonard Nimoy’s Boston, saying:
The project is currently in the planning stage, though it seems to have popular support and Stocker is in the process of securing funding for the statue, which he estimates could be put up for about $250,000. Plans are to approach major philanthropic donors and also conduct a grassroots campaign. Surely there have to be enough diehard Trekkies out there to make this thing a reality, right?
Nimoy’s daughter Julie believes that her father would have been extremely touched by the project, saying:
Here’s hoping that one day the Star Trek message of goodwill, unity and “live long and prosper” brightens the day of those living in and visiting Boston’s West End. Personally, I can’t wait to see it.