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Eric Snowden Bust-Fort Greene Park-Prison Ship Martyrs Monument-NYCPhoto by Aymann Ismail/ANIMAL New York

Just before dawn on Monday morning, artists erected a sculpture of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, atop the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park. Though it’s the latest artistic expressions inspired Snowden, it’s not the first and will certainly not be the last. Here’s a recap of this latest sculpture, and 5 other Edward Snowden monuments that have gone up around the world.

6. Fort Greene Park, Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, Brooklyn

Eric Snowden Bust-Fort Greene Park-Prison Ship Martyrs Monument-NYC-2Photo by Aymann Ismail/ANIMAL New York

ANIMAL New York was on hand to document the creation and installation of “Prison Ship Martyrs Monument 2.0” in Fort Greene Park, and one of the artists, with voice altered in a video, says “It’s truly not just about the bust, it’s about the context. We feel its a continuation of a story that was started hundreds of years ago,” linking the story of Snowden to the many who died on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War, memorialized at the Fort Greene monument is martyrs towards American freedom.

In a statement, the artists write:

We have updated this monument to highlight those who sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies. 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.

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

A sculptor from the West Coast took six months to mold and complete the bust made of hydrocal, a material used to mimic Roman sculpture, and painted to look like the other bronze sculptures at the monument. The team had to wait weeks for the long winter to break, and attached the bust using a removable adhesive that would not damage the monument, along with the word SNOWDEN affixed to the bottom. Though the sculpture was tarped over by 12:30pm and removed by 1:30pm, the team has full size mold and could deploy more using 3D printing at any time. The bust is currently sitting at Brooklyn’s 88th Precinct awaiting an investigation by the NYPD.

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