This summer Brooklyn artist Leon Reid IV launched a Kickstarter to support his project: dressing up the George Washington statue in Union Square as a tourist. At the time, the Parks Department said they didn't allow dressing up public statues... yet today word comes in that it's all happening this weekend. That's right, this Saturday George will be donning an "I ♥ NY" hat, a subway map, and local shopping bags... but like all tourists he's only here temporarily, leaving around 8 p.m. that night.
Reid says his project, called Tourist In Chief, aims to:
1) Reflect the cultural atmosphere of Union Square.
2) Make George Washington more relatable to the public.
3) Educate the public about Washington's role in NYC history.