No one can erase the voice of the people.
— The Illuminator (@illuminator99) April 7, 2015
Update: On Tuesday, after one recreation of Edward Snowden was removed from a New York City park, another allegedly unaffiliated group of New York artists arrived to bring virtual Snowden back to the same location—only this time in projection form.
The Illuminator Art Collective combined two projectors and a cloud of smoke in order to display Snowden’s likeness atop a Revolutionary War memorial while the morning sky was still dim in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park. “While the State may remove any material artifacts that speak in defiance against incumbent authoritarianism, the acts of resistance remain in the public consciousness,” the Collective said in a statement about the original bust’s removal on Monday. “And it is in sharing that act of defiance that hope resides.”
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