Edward Snowden arrived in New York earlier this morning, standing at a whopping 4-foot-tall, and 100-pounds. Well… a sculpted version of the worlds favorite NSA whistleblower snuck its way into Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park early Monday morning.
Ex-NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, the hero who leaked thousands of classified government documents outlining the governments blatant bulk surveillance of the world from yours truly, the National Security Agency (NSA) equipped with their hacking powers, made an unorthodox appearance earlier today in a New York park.
The whistleblower, who is facing crimes for exposing the wrong-doing of his own government, fled the United States when leaking the classified documents, landing him a near permanent ban from the U.S. Not entirely a ban, but if Snowden steps foot in the USA he would likely be arrested and thrown in prison for the rest of his life.
Snowden made his debut on U.S. soil a bit earlier today, standing at a small 4-foot-tall and 100 pounds right in the middle of Brooklyn Fort Greene Park early Monday morning. But it wasn’t actually him, it was a large slab of metal constructed to appear as Edward Snowden.
The four unknown artists who snuck the Edward Snowden Statue into the park remain unknown, but it was reported that authorities removed the statue of the beloved whistleblower a few hours after it was put up, around 2:30 p.m.
The Edward Snowden statue stood atop a column at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park, an area dedicated to honor the more than 11,000 American prisoners who died aboard British ships during the American Revolutionary War. The artist said the location was no coincidence.
The anonymous artists said they chose the location because it is “loaded with significance and meaning and reverence of others.” It positions Snowden, the artist told Mashable, “as a continuation of a story that began at the beginning of this country,” representing the trouble of captured Americans.
The Edward Snowden Statue was hoisted atop a Revolutionary War memorial, where the artist also added the letters to his last name right below.
Sadly the statue was short-lived, authorities ordered the statue to be removed, where they covered the statue, then proceeded with taking it down. According to Animal New York, the anonymous New York City-based artist and sculptor said they had updated the memorial to American POWs who died during the Revolutionary War, “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.”
(Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)