What I love about America
Posted by Charles II on April 6, 2015
Image from HuffPo
Alan Yuhas, The Guardian:
The New York parks department on Monday removed a large bust of Edward Snowden that was installed in a Brooklyn park, shortly after covering it up with a tarp and thwarting the artists’ stated intent “to highlight those who sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies”.
The Snowden bust still stood at Fort Greene Park’s Prison Ship Martyrs monument, atop a single Doric column. But it was wrapped in a blue tarpaulin, as city workers debated what to do with it.
The monument stands to the memory of 11,000 prisoners who died in British captivity during the Revolutionary war.
The bust, about 4ft tall and resembling both Snowden and former White House spokesman Jay Carney, was wrapped up by two park employees before noon, hiding the face and column but not the eagle statue that stands at its foot. A park ranger removed a plexiglass stand with Snowden’s name that had been placed at the base of the column.
The Brooklyn-based artists also wrote that they hoped passersby would “ponder the sacrifices made for their freedoms”.
“We hope this inspires them to reflect upon the responsibility we all bear to ensure our liberties exist long into the future,” they said.
What a beautiful protest.
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