The Boston Art Commission has received reports from two statue restoration experts that while the remains of the decapitated Columbus statue from the eponymous North End park can be reassembled, the mortar used to paste his head and neck back together "would be visible" to people wanting to gaze upon him.
Just as bad, there's not really any way to protect the statue from future beheading or worse by a determined adversary: There are "no known materials" that can make the granite statue impervious to attack and that while embedding a large "pin" in his head could make it harder to rip his head off again, "if significant force is used on the larger pin, it would result in more damage to the stone than the smaller pin."
The statue had its head smashed off in June, presumably with a similar motive to an early beheading, as a protest over Columbus's role as a genocidal madman.
Also, while the statue could be coated with a sealant that would ward off the red paint he's been doused with in the past, the commission heard, but the sealant would have to be applied regularly and would change the look of the statue.
Before hearing the reports, commission Director Karen Goodfellow emphasized that the commission has no say over the name of the park , that that is a matter for the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission. Following the beheading, Mayor Walsh said North End residents would decide the ultimate fate of the statue and the name of the park.
The statue currently sits in a city warehouse for safekeeping.