The Museum of Science announced today - officially Leonard Nimoy Day in Boston - it's working with the family of the late actor on a 20-foot-tall, illuminated stainless-steel statue of the hand gesture he made famous in his role as Mr. Spock.
The Live Long and Prosper statue, by artist David Phillips, will sit outside the museum, on the side away from the T. rex.
"The 'Live Long and Prosper' symbol represents a message that my dad believed so strongly in," said Julie Nimoy, daughter of the entertainer. "My dad always loved Boston and he would be honored knowing that the Museum of Science would be the permanent home to this memorial. 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."
Nimoy grew up in the West End, where, as a boy, he peeked as leaders of the synagogue his family attended made an ancient hand gesture during a prayer to bless the congregation - a gesture congregation members weren't supposed to see:
The location is also apt because, as long-time museum goers know, Nimoy narrated the film that used to be shown at the Mugar Omni Theater:
The museum has set up a fundraising page for people who want to help defray the $1-million cost of the statue.