Face mask put on Amesbury Ancestor to encourage people to do the same

Face mask put on Amesbury Ancestor to encourage people to do the same

Published by Jack Deery at 2:44pm 24th July 2020.

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Members of the Community Mask Trees team, along with the sculpture's owners, went along this morning (Friday 24th July) to put it up.

A 24ft statue, that is described as the "gate keeper to the Stonehenge landscape" , is now donning a face mask to encourage other people entering the town to follow suit.

The people behind the creation of the 'mask trees' in the UK, named 'The Masked Warriors', decided to put one on The Ancestor in Amesbury. 

From today (24th) face coverings are now compulsory in shops and on public transport, so the Community Mask Trees team thought this would be a great way to spread the news. 

Amesbury Ancestor Face mask
The team behind the Community Mask Trees Facebook page

Organiser of the group, Naomi Betts said: 

"The Ancestor is described as the gatekeeper at the threshold of the 7500 year old ancient settlement of Amesbury - home of Stonehenge (and home of the very first Community Mask Tree). It is therefore very fitting that this morning he also put on a mask and asks all those who come to Amesbury to do the same to help protect our community.

People were stopping to take pics and beeping their horns. He’s generating lots of attention."

Over the past few years the monumental figure, which weighs almost seven tonnes, has been taken to festivals like Glastonbury and even been to universities.

He was first created by Andy Rawlings and Michelle Topps in 2010 and cost £35,000 to make. 

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