The 60-foot long mural and a second replacement mural by artist Kenny Scharf have been stolen from an East Harlem park—and now police have video of a suspect in the second theft.
The banner, called NEVERENDINGOGO, was commissioned specifically for the East River Park by the Friends of the East River Esplanade, and placed at East 116th Street. According to the NYPD, at about 8 p.m. on August 20, "the suspect took a banner with artwork on it from off a fence, placed it in a small sport utility vehicle and fled northbound on the FDR Drive."
The male suspect is described as being 25-35 years old and was last seen wearing a multi-colored T-shirt (it looks like a tie-dye), black shorts and black sandals. He was accompanied with a female with blond hair who was not captured on video.
Police say their car was a black or gray Honda Element.
The first mural was installed on June 22, but was stolen a few days later. Jennifer Ratner of Friends of the East River Esplanade told Page Six, “It was attached by steel ties by a professional installer." She believed the thieves "had to come with wire cutters and, I’m assuming, a ladder. There were dozens of ties."
The replacement mural—at the cost of $2,000 (which makes this a grand larceny)—was made and installed in July, apparently with more "security" in consideration. But after this one was stolen, Ratner admitted to Patch, "We tried really hard, but I can't say we will do it again."
Scharf also painted faces on a brick column near the banner; the column is presumably too heavy to move.
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