FORT GREENE (PIX11) – Police are investigating a mysterious monument to NSA file-leaker Edward Snowden that appeared in a Brooklyn park Monday morning.
Three artists created the bust of the former systems analyst and, with the help of others, “hauled the 100-pound sculpture into Fort Greene Park and up its hilly terrain just before dawn,” reports Animal New York. The artists allowed Animal to document the guerrilla installation as long as their anonymity was preserved, according to the site.
The bust was affixed to the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, created to remember the captured American soldiers who died during the Revolutionary War.
Entitled “Prison Ship Martyr’s Monument 2.0,” the artists wrote in the description,
Fort Greene’s Prison Ship Martyrs Monument is a memorial to American POWs who lost their lives during the Revolutionary War. We have updated this monument to highlight those who sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies. 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. All too often, figures who strive to uphold these ideals have been cast as criminals rather than in bronze.
By early Monday afternoon, New York City Parks Department workers arrived to officially veil the illicit sculpture, throwing a blue tarp over Snowden, and securing it with twine.
The parks department would not comment, but an NYPD spokesman told PIX11, “We are aware of the situation and the Intelligence Division is investigating.”
No arrests have been made.