A ceremonial bust of Ed Snowden was erected in Brooklyn, New York, by dissident artists. The reason? To honor the whistleblower who revealed an expansive, expensive data accumulation system carried on by the NSA against the American people — one that seemed not allowed by law, and previously denied by the government.
The sculpture, described in the press as illegal (mirroring how the artists have been designated as “guerrilla”) was expertly made as a mock-bronze bust. It was taken down later in the day by city workers. Hours later, a hologram of Snowden appeared on the same war memorial.