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Edward Snowden Bust Tribute: The Backstory

A bust of Edward Snowden was illicitly displayed in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park a few days ago. The Snowden bust action took a year of planning. Here’s the backstory from Animal New York.

There’s a Massive, Illicit Bust of Edward Snowden Stuck to a War Monument in Brooklyn

The idea for the Snowden tribute was conceived about a year ago by two New York City-based artists with a history of pulling off notable public interventions. They linked up with a renowned sculptor on the West Coast who was sympathetic to their cause.


The artists said they’re dismayed that despite the trove of damning evidence the leaks exposed, the public has largely moved on from the story and no substantial actions have been taken against the NSA. “There’s a media landscape that has painted him as a criminal,” said one of the two New York artists. “You need something theatrical and large to counterbalance the Fox News-iness of the texture of the conversation out there.” At first, the pair thought about making a full-size statue of the former NSA contractor, but were later talked down from that idea by the sculptor. He recommended a bust.


The artists are fully aware of the bust’s inevitable destruction and have left themselves a few options, including one that involves deploying an army of mini-Snowden heads. “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,” they said.

— Animal New York


About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. gpcox

    It deserves destruction. The idea of putting his bust by a war monument is sacrilegious and a slap to all veterans..

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thank you for sharing your frank opinion.

  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    I like it.. 🙂 And we have a lot to thank the man for in my opinion…. As exposure to what is happening behind the scenes…

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