[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text](The Hill) A group of artists secretly installed a 100-pound sculpture of government leaker Edward Snowden in a New York City park early on Monday morning, though it was taken down by city officials later in the day.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The handful of people wearing yellow reflector vests and hard hats snuck into the park and, in the predawn hours, attached the massive bust of a neatly coiffed Snowden wearing his trademark square-rimmed glassed onto the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument in Brooklyn, which honors soldiers imprisoned in the Revolutionary War.
In a statement provided to city blog Animal, which also produced a short video about the installation, the activists said that the effort was meant to reinvigorate the focus on the leaker and the massive government surveillance that he exposed.
“We have updated this monument to highlight those who sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies,” they told the website.
“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 [National Security Agency] 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 4-foot-tall head was placed on top of one of the four columns that encircle the monument.
Shortly after noon, a Vine staffer posted a video clip shortly showing park officials covering the statute with a blue tarp.
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