The iconic marble lions who defended the New York Public Library’s mane branch for 110 years are now wearing oversized red bandages to encourage people for vaccination. Last week the library announced that both Patiences and courage received vaccine of Covid-19 along with newly utilized 14-by 4.6-inch bandaid as proof. The library expects the new look of the lion will help in encouraging more and more New Yorkers to get their dose of Covid-19 vaccination.
According to the library, the huge bandages are made of vinyl, which will not damage the marble. The bandages will be displayed on the lions, which sit outside of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, “periodically to support city vaccination efforts.”
Iris Weinshall, the library’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “Considering their age, our lions were eligible for the COVID vaccine early on, so they’re now likely getting their boosters.”
Initially named Leo Astor and Leo Lenox after the organizers of the NYPL, John Jacob Astor and James Lenox, previous Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia changed their names during the 1930s to Patience and Fortitude, two characteristics he felt New Yorkers expected to endure the Great Depression. The lions were cut in 1911 by the Piccirilli Brothers.