The Bostonian Society is getting closer to discovering just what lies inside a time capsule found in the golden lion statue that perched atop Boston’s Old State House for more than 100 years.
Robert Shure, the sculptor entrusted with restoring the lion and its unicorn counterpart, has decided the best course of action will be to remove the lion’s crown, which is actually a separate piece of the statue.
“They’re being pretty delicate about it because . . . they don’t want to cause any damage” to the lion’s mane, said Bostonian Society spokeswoman Heather Leet. Shure has said the mane would be the most difficult part of the statue to repair, if it is damaged.
The crown is soldered to the lion’s mane. Leet said the hole created by removing the crown would be large enough for workers to cut the copper wires securing the capsule to the inside of the lion and pull it out, though she said Shure has said the process is “easier said than done.”
The society will meet Tuesday with Shure to learn more about the removal process and to determine a time and date for a small ceremony. Leet said the ceremony to open the shoebox-sized capsule will probably take place during the first full week of October.
Before the lion’s crown is replaced and the statue is restored, Leet said, a new time capsule will be placed inside with memorabilia from the 21st century. This will not happen at the same time as the removal ceremony, though, because “we’re still gathering items for the new one . . . and deciding logistics on how to put the new one in” the lion.
So far, Leet said, just one item has been chosen to go in the new time capsule: a medal from the 2013 Boston Marathon.
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