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'Masked caper' puts coronavirus masks on Tucson landmarks

Massive masks send message about virus safety
'Masked caper' puts coronavirus masks on Tucson landmarks
'Masked caper' puts coronavirus masks on Tucson landmarks
Posted at 9:24 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 23:19:47-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Humor can't kill the coronavirus, but one "masked caper" in Arizona woman thinks it could help keep the virus from spreading.

Scripps station in KGUN in Tucson, Arizona spoke to a woman who has been anonymously putting coronavirus masks on some of the city's most iconic landmarks — including the giant Tiki at a local bar and a huge T-Rex at a McDonald's.

She started out trying to make high-protection masks for health workers, but her sewing machine couldn't punch through the heavy fabric. So she hit on high-profile humor to send a serious message.

"It doesn't feel like a lot of people are taking this very seriously because we're not a hot spot," she said. "So you don't actually see the bad things that are happening unless you're connected with health care. So I feel like any reminders are good reminders to wear a mask. It shows how much you care about other people."

The wildcat statues at the University of Arizona are fairly easy to mask up. Taking care of the T-Rex and the Tiki were a bit tougher.

"My climbing days are over," she said. "Yeah, I don't do the climbing there."

Luckily, the statue owners arranged to strap those masks on.

She is still making masks for human-sized faces, while she scouts for more local icons to help spread her message.

This story was originally published by Craig Smith on KGUN in Tucson, Arizona.