Hours after police removed an illicit bust of Edward Snowden from its perch in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park, it got replaced by a hologram.
A group of artists, collectively called “The Illuminiator,” used laptops and projection equipment to cast an image of Snowden in a haze of smoke at the spot where the sculpture once stood.
“Inspired by the actions of these anonymous artists, the Illuminator Art Collective recreated the intervention ephemerally by projecting an image of the sculpture into a cloud of smoke.
“Our feeling is that while the State may remove any material artifacts that speak in defiance against incumbent authoritarianism, the acts of resistance remain in the public consciousness. And it is in sharing that act of defiance that hope resides.”