Two statues that are very familiar to the Cal U community are fitted with masks as a reminder to stay safe during the pandemic.
#CalUTogether means the statues, too!
The Vulcan statue on the Cal U campus Quad, and the statue of philanthropist and businessman Robert Eberly outside of Manderino Library have each been fitted with a mask to remind all of us to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is a light-hearted reminder of a very serious topic, which is the importance of wearing masks when you’re inside one of our campus buildings or during times when social distancing is not possible,” said University spokeswoman Christine Kindl.
Although campus is mostly quiet this semester, as the University is operating remotely this fall, some students are using Manderino Library, which is open to provided computer and internet access for Cal U students, faculty and staff. Hours and information
Potential students and their families are on campus this fall for in-person campus visits that have resumed with safety protocols in place.
The masks were created by Joni Farquhar, the costume shop coordinator in the Department of Culture, Media and Performance, with assistance from Walter Balla in Facilities Management.
“Wally was very helpful; he retrieved the photos with the listed measurements and went about getting those measurements for me,” Farquhar said.
“I think that involved a very tall ladder!”
After a trip to a fabric store for material that could withstand the elements — the kind used in those decorative lawn flags — Farquhar went to work.
“First I made a pattern, then I went about constructing the masks,” Farquhar said, “with my fingers crossed, since I couldn’t do a fitting.”
A perfect fit. An important message. Well done, everyone!