Last night, guerrilla artists erected an Edward Snowden statue in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park. Conceived of by two New York-based artists and a West coast sculptor, the team installed the 4-foot tall bust of Snowden on top of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument and let ANIMAL document the process.  

In a statement to the public, the artists explained how they “updated [the] monument to highlight those who sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies…All too often, figures who strive to uphold these ideals have been cast as criminals rather than in bronze.”

Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork. Image 1.Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork

The bust is made of hydrocal, a plaster-like substance that blends in with the marble and is attached with an adhesive that would firmly hold the head in place yet could be removed without marring the monument. They ate the cost, apparently “thousands of dollars,” and commented on the bust’s inevitable destruction assuring the public, "We have a full size mold that can be poured again and its been 3D rendered, so we have the ability to print smaller ones at scale.” 

Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork. Image 2.Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork

UPDATE: The Snowden statue has apparently been covered with a tarp.

In 2013, the Snowden leaks exposed a wide-ranging, covert surveillance operation conducted by the NSA which spied on US citizens, residents, and persons abroad. Recently, British comedian and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver visited Snowden in Russia, where he’s been seeking asylum, for the show’s most recent episode. Oliver questioned Snowden, pressing him on the implications of his 2013 leaks and how he should take responsibility for the way other journalists communicated his information to the public. They also talked about dick pics.