You may recall the kerfuffle last year when a portrait bust of Edward Snowden was surreptitiously planted on a pedestal making up part of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park. The stunt turned out to be the handiwork of a pair of artists, Jeff Greenspan and Andrew Tider, who had commissioned the bust from West Coast sculptor Doyle Trankina. Within hours of its installation, park workers covered the tribute to the NSA whistleblower with a blue tarp, and the NYPD confiscated it shortly thereafter. Greenspan and Tider were fined $50 dollars for the stunt, a nice price for a million dollars worth of free publicity.
But the story doesn’t end there. Starting Feb 17, the Snowden bust will be added to an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. The sculpture, which weighs 100 lbs, will join other artworks currently on display in the museum’s “Agitprop!” exhibition, which focuses on “contemporary art devoted to social change.” As for Edward Snowden himself, he remains temporarily stashed at an undisclosed location in Russia while searching for permanent asylum elsewhere.
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