NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – That was fast.
Photos and video posted on AnimalNewYork.com said the sculpture weighs 100 pounds and was attached in a way that will make it easy to remove.
Ann Preston saw the installment on social media and headed over to check it out.
“But it was gone. It was gone by the time I got here,” she told 1010 WINS’ Derricke Dennis.
Parks officials had the bust removed sometime in the afternoon after it had been placed there sometime before dawn, Dennis reported.
According to the Animal New York report, the artists called the bust “Prison Ship Martyrs Monument 2.0.”
“It would be a dishonor to those memorialized here to not laud those who protect the ideals they fought for, as Edward Snowden has by bringing the NSA’s 4th-Amendment-violating surveillance programs to light,” the artists behind the installation told Animal New York. “All too often, figures who strive to uphold these ideals have been cast as criminals rather than in bronze.”
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