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Provincetown Pilgrim Memorial: Lighting Ticky-tacky

This imposing memorial plaque stands in a small park in Provincetown MA, at the foot of the hill from which the Pilgrim Monument emerges:

Provincetown Pilgrim Memorial

Provincetown Pilgrim Memorial

It’s one of those 1920-ish things with the impeccable stonework and bronze casting that you couldn’t possibly duplicate nowadays. But, at least twice between then and now, somebody thought it’d be a Good Idea to decorate it with what look to be Genuine Christmas Tree Lights:

Provincetown Pilgrim Memorial - detail

Provincetown Pilgrim Memorial – detail

The most recent lamps and wires seem to be restrained by plastic clips glued onto the face of the stone:

Provincetown Pilgrim Memorial - lamp detail

Provincetown Pilgrim Memorial – lamp detail

A previous generation drilled small holes and inserted metal pins that didn’t survive in a salt-spray environment, so I guess plastic seemed like the right answer.

Words fail me…

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