Few things are more recognizable than the hand gesture that accompanies Spock’s words “live long and prosper”.

It has been five years since the death of actor, writer, producer, and director Leonard Nimoy – the man who brought Mr. Spock to life.

In a tribute to Nimoy…and his famous gesture…the Boston Museum of Science is erecting a 20 foot statue of the split fingers forming the “V” peace symbol. 

Born Jewish, Nimoy took the symbol from the hand gestures used by members of the Cohanim during the priestly blessing as a part of the New Year services.

Designed by artist David Phillips, the statue will stand in front of the Museum.  A native of the area, March 26 has also been proclaimed Leonard Nimoy Day in Boston.

Nimoy’s daughter Julie spoke on the event saying, “the ‘live long and prosper’ symbol represents a message that my dad believed so strongly in.  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.”

Museum of Science president Tim Ritche issued a statement on the new acquisition saying, “he lifted our aspirations and hopes through his commitment to science, intellectual curiosity, generosity, and, yes, logic.  He reminded us about the best part of humanity and gave us a vision for building a society based on reason and tolerance.”

Final plans for the site are currently underway.

feature photo credit: Museum of Science – Boston Facebook page