The massive bust of Edward Snowden that was put on display in Fort Greene Park last month has finally been returned to its creators by the NYPD.
According to A Walk In The Park, the bust (The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument 2.0—aka “The Snowden Statue”) was retrieved this afternoon from the NYPD Property facility in Queens after being stored in the Bronx, and handed off to Ron Kuby, the famed civil rights attorney representing the artists who sculpted it.
Here's the bust being covered up in April.
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) April 6, 2015
The bust—100 pounds of high-grade, weather-resistant fiberglass—had been snatched up by the police within hours of its debut on April 6th, and ferreted away into the bowels of the 88th Precinct to be enjoyed by nobody.
We got it now! The Snowden Statue is released from NYPD's custody. Coming to SEVEN at The Boiler. pic.twitter.com/D5lQr0OYLt
— magdasawon (@magdasawon) May 6, 2015
For now, the bust will be displayed in the SEVEN at The Boiler exhibition titled, "anonymity, no longer an option." The artists have also submitted an application to legally exhibit the bust through the Park Department's Art In The Parks initiative.
"We are thrilled the statue has been released for public viewing," the artists said in statement.
"The goal of this project has always been to help the public have an important national debate about mass surveillance. It is challenging to care enough to think critically about the revelations of a person much of the media has labeled a "traitor". Our instinct is to associate all actions of that person as being wrong. This short changes us all, because it does not allow us the space to make up our own minds. The statue aims to offer an alternative perspective to the media's previous characterization of Snowden - giving us the space to consider a debate over the revelations without feeling like traitors to the nation we love," they said.
An important lesson has been learned by all: if you're going to erect a bust or statue of the world's most notorious living whistleblower, make sure to get video surveillance for it as well.
The 9-foot tall Edward Snowden statue, complete with 24-hour video surveillance protection. pic.twitter.com/suSoPpCiQJ
— Chris Droukas (@chrisdroukas) October 10, 2014