NEW YORK, April 6 (UPI) -- New York police removed a 4-foot, 100-pound bust sculpture of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which was erected in a park by a group of artists Monday.
The statue was placed atop a column that is part of of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn in the pre-dawn hours Monday. The name "Snowden" was also attached in large typeface at the base of the column.
"It's an ongoing investigation by the intelligence division," Jones said.
The group of artists who created the sculpture told local blog Animal they used a modeling substance called hydrocal and tried to make the bust look classical and similar to other pieces in the park. The artists spoke to Animal on condition of anonymity.
They said they used an adhesive that could keep the sculpture in place, but would come off easily so as not to damage the existing 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 told Animal.
The blog documented the placement of the sculpture with video: