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Artists Who Installed Statue Of Edward Snowden Atop War Memorial Are Ticketed

A team of artists erected the statue in April, but it was quickly taken down. After getting the statue back, the artists reportedly plan to display it at a local art gallery.

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The artists who snuck into a war memorial in Brooklyn and erected a statue of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will get noncriminal tickets for violating park hours, their attorney said.

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The 4-foot-tall, 100-pound statue was also returned to the artists after it was removed and confiscated hours after being erected at the Revolutionary War memorial Fort Greene Park last month.

New York police officials identified the artists responsible for the unauthorized installation as Jeffrey Greenspan and Andrew Tinder, the Associated Press reported.

The men will get $50 tickets for being in a park after hours, a noncriminal violation, their attorney, Ronald Kuby, told the AP.

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The artists, who had not revealed their identities, lugged the statue of Snowden to Fort Greene Park before sunrise.

They then attached it to the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, which pays tribute to Revolutionary War soldiers, Animal New York reported.

"Fort Greene's Prison Ship Martyrs Monument is a memorial to American POWs who lost their lives during the Revolutionary War," the artists told Animal New York. "We have updated this monument to highlight those who sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies."

But hours after the statue was installed, city officials covered the work up before removing and confiscating it.

"The erection of any unapproved structure or artwork in a city park is illegal," a parks department spokesperson told BuzzFeed News at the time.

The artists said that the sculpture was designed by an artist on the West Coast. The bust is made from a plaster-like substance commonly used in places like Las Vegas to create the look of Roman architecture, Animal New York reported.

The artists also used an adhesive that would hold the bust in place but that would not damage the monument.

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The artists reportedly plan to display the Snowden statue at an art gallery, and in a statement issued earlier in the day said they hope to eventually get permission from city officials to temporarily feature it in a local park.

Snowden, meanwhile, remains in exile in Russia after divulging the U.S. government's secret collection of the public's phone records.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

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