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‘The New Coronavirus Colossus’

East Village artist Mac McGill collaborated on this illustration with Arun Gupta. Everyone is getting prepared for coronavirus — even the Statue of Liberty.

Emma Lazarus’s famous poem inscribed on a bronze plaque in the statue’s pedestal, “The New Colossus,” ends with the line, “I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

In this reimagining, the statue holds aloft a bottle of Purell, wears a face mask and instead of cradling a tablet with the date of the Declaration of Independence, holds a box of tissues.

(Illustration by Mac McGill and Arun Gupta)

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