Artists Demand That the NYPD Give Back Their Snowden Sculpture

The three artists who secretly installed an illicit bust of Edward Snowden in a Brooklyn park earlier this month want the NYPD to give it back. A lawyer for the artists, who have requested anonymity , sent a letter to NYPD Commissioner William Bratton demanding that police hand over the "artistic loan," which currently sits somewhere in the bowels of the 88th Precinct , removed from public view. Writing on behalf of his clients, Ronald L. Kuby makes the case that the art was placed in Fort Greene Park "in accordance with the spirit of the artistic mission statement" of the Parks Department's "Art in the Park" program. And while the artists failed to "cross every procedural 't' and dot every procedural 'i,'" Kuby says they're currently in the process of filling out the proper administrative forms.