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Edward Snowden Statue Illegally Erected in NYC Park Has Been Removed

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A statue of former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden is seen at the Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, New York, on April 6, 2015. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Apr 2015 11:32 AM

A 100-pound, 4-foot-tall bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was erected illegally in Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park on Monday and was soon covered up and removed by park workers.

The unnamed trio of artists who installed the sculpture fused it onto the existing Prison Ship Martyrs Monument.



"Fort Greene’s Prison Ship Martyrs Monument is a memorial to American POWs who lost their lives during the Revolutionary War. We have updated this monument to highlight those who sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies," the artists said in a statement to Animal New York.

"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. All too often, figures who strive to uphold these ideals have been cast as criminals rather than in bronze."

The artists said that the bust was designed by an unnamed West Coast artist, and was made to match the existing monument, stylistically speaking.

Knowing that the statue would likely be promptly removed, the artists explained that the bust had been previously rendered by 3-D imaging software. That means that the artists, or anyone they distribute the digital files to, would "have the ability to print smaller ones at scale," one artist explained.

"Our goal is to bring a renewed vitality to the space and prompt even more visitors to 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," the trio explained.

Edward Snowden revealed the NSA's PRISM program to the public in 2013, and shortly thereafter self-exiled himself to Russia, where he now resides.

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